Tuesday 3rd May 2011
What happened next? And why JR might not care about an overnight stay
STATEMENTS ON A MATTER OF OFFICIAL RESPONSIBILITY
5. The Chief Minister - statement regarding the appointment of a new Chief Executive to the Council of Ministers
5.1 Senator P.F.C. Ozouf (The Deputy Chief Minister):
I would like to take this opportunity to update Members on the programme for appointing a new Chief Executive to the Council of Ministers. The Council of Ministers has reviewed the current Chief Executive’s role and responsibility and has decided it would be appropriate to restructure the role. We have also considered the current structure of responsibilities of the Council of Ministers, Ministers and accounting officers. This is particularly relevant since the Public Accounts Committee has also reviewed the structure and published its report of 16th March. The Council of Ministers believe that the current structure needs to be reviewed with the intention of creating greater clarity and accountability. The Council intends to lodge a report and proposition setting out the draft terms of reference and a structure of this review with the intention of securing a debate in June or July. This will be a significant review and any changes would need to be thoroughly explored and enshrined in legal changes. It is therefore likely that it would take up to 3 years to review and implement changes. The Council of Ministers therefore intends to appoint the new Chief Executive on a 3-year contract in order to mirror the likely length of the proposed review. The current Chief Executive will be leaving at the end of May and the Chief Minister has therefore appointed Mr. John Richardson, who is the current Deputy Chief Executive, as the Interim Chief Executive in order to allow the appointment process of a 3-year Chief Executive to proceed. The Chief Minister has said he has every confidence, as I do, in Mr. Richardson as Interim Chief Executive and we thank him for agreeing to take on this role. The States needs a top class Chief Executive to deal with the challenges of the next 3 years. These include the Comprehensive Spending Review, supporting a new Council of Ministers and maintaining performance. However, the Chief Minister and Council of Ministers believe that in the first instance the job should be advertised locally with the intention of appointing a Jersey person to be Government’s most senior official. The post will be advertised this week with the intention of completing the selection process by early July. The Chief Minister wishes to make it clear we are seeking a local candidate so will only appoint someone who can meet all of the requirements of the role. The Appointments Commission will be participating in overseeing the process and the Chairman is determined to ensure that the appointed person is fully capable of fulfilling the role. The Chief Minister will keep Members informed of progress.