Transparency, WLBC Style?

There will be a meeting of the WLBC Chief Officers Committee on Wednesday, 14 August 2019, the agenda for which is “Open to the Public”.

“A meeting of the CHIEF OFFICERS COMMITTEE will be held in the CABINET/COMMITTEE ROOM – 52 DERBY STREET, ORMSKIRK L39 2DF on WEDNESDAY, 14 AUGUST 2019 at 5.00 PM at which your attendance is requested.

“Yours faithfully

“Kim Webber Chief Executive”.

AGENDA (Open to the Public)

Part 2 Agenda Item 7. RECRUITMENT TO POST OF CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER. To consider the report of the Chief Executive.

6. EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC

It is recommended that members of the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following item of business in accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 3 (Financial/business affairs) of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Act and as in all the circumstances of the case the public interest in maintaining the exemption under Schedule 12A outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

PART 2 (Not open to the Public)

7. RECRUITMENT TO POST OF CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER. To consider the report of the Chief Executive.

The only Agenda item that might be of interest to the invited public is the one “Not open to the Public”. What a farce! Transparency? The outgoing Chief Executive reporting on the recruitment to the new post of Chief Operating Officer should not involve secrecy and is a matter of public interest. 

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