In the spirit of openness and transparency, Inside Croydon is delighted to offer an insight into the inner workings of the 7th floor of Taberner House, from where the council’s near-£200,000 a year chief executive, Jon Rouse, oversees the management of the borough.
£200,000 – or a thousand quid for each staff member being made redundant in the current round of cuts.
The council’s intranet offers a “chief executive’s blog”. Here is a sample entry, reproduced verbatim exclusively for the residents of Croydon, so you can see quite what you are getting for your money:
No-one can have failed to notice the exodus of colleagues at the end of last month, most leaving on voluntary redundancy. It was in many respects a sad week, mainly because we will miss folk, but also to see that amount of knowledge and experience leaving the organisation at once. It was difficult to know quite how to recognise their collective service. I know that many had leaving do’s with their teams. Other people wanted to go quietly. In the end I have decided the best thing I can do is to send letters over the next few weeks to each of them, expressing our gratitude and wishing them the best for what lies next.
Yes, Jon Rouse: the caring, sharing face of Croydon.
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