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Yorkshire council set to appoint City Solicitor as interim chief executive

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Councillors at Bradford Metropolitan District Council will next week decide whether to appoint City Solicitor Suzan Hemingway as the authority’s interim chief executive.

After holding interviews earlier this month (2 October), the Appointment Panel at Bradford has recommended Hemingway for the role.

Chief executive Tony Reeves resigned in July after eight years with the authority. He is leaving later this month to join Deloitte’s public sector advisory practice.

In addition to approving Hemingway’s appointment, Bradford’s members are being asked at the meeting on 21 October to “designate the post of Assistant City Solicitor as Monitoring Officer and Deputy Returning Officer, and to delegate all other proper officer functions of the City Solicitor and/or Monitoring Officer to the Assistant City Solicitor for the term of office of the Interim Chief Executive”.

In addition, the Appointment Panel has recommended that the interim chief executive be appointed on the salary package as detailed in the council’s Pay Policy Statement 2014/2015. In accordance with section 4 of that statement the post of chief executive is graded at a salary of £178,476.