Oh, I should add something about senior officers as this is what NGDP is trying to create.
The Chief Executive is the most senior officer. He/she oversees all council services and works with the councillors to set the council's priorities. Six figure salary guaranteed (200k for some but more like 150k) although the government (and council tax payers) take more notice of salary amounts these days. You then have the Strategic Director, who heads a department such as Planning, Highways & Environment. (can also have six figure salary). Then there's the Director/Assistant director who heads a division of the department such as the full planning function plus a few extras. Then you have the section head/service manager, who runs a specific service such as planning development control. I'd have thought this is the minimum level that NGDP high flyers should be ultimately aiming for!
Senior officers have significant powers delegated to them, such as the approval of some planning applications, the approval of making statutory orders or the approval of smaller contracts. This relieves the load for committees which deal with the key decisions. But the downside is that if things go wrong, you can take the rap even if you only had indirect involvement in a matter. Just ask Sharon Shoesmith!!
Last edited by Nitebot; 01-04-2012 at 00:50.
Reason: Added bit about Chief Exec and salaries