The Council considered the report of the Chief Executive which proposed the appointment of Sue Bearman as the Council’s Monitoring Officer. Under Section 5 of the Local Government & Housing Act 1989, the Council had a duty to appoint a Monitoring Officer. The appointment was a matter reserved for Full Council and the Monitoring Officer had a number of statutory duties and responsibilities relating to the Council’s constitution and the arrangements for effective governance. The Council’s current Monitoring Officer, Karen White, was to retire from the authority at the end of July. Sue Bearman had recently been appointed to the new role of Assistant Director, Legal and Democratic Services and was a qualified solicitor and considered to have the appropriate skills, experience and ability to undertake the role of Monitoring Officer.
The Members expressed their thanks to Karen White for her service to the authority.
AGREED (unanimously) that Sue Bearman be appointed as the Council’s Monitoring Officer with effect from 1 August 2021.
(Sue Bearman left the meeting whilst this item was being considered).