Croydon Council recruits new CEO – with event for teenagers

Jon Rouse has left the building.

ceo-eventThe chief executive officer at Croydon Council since 2007 has worked his final day in Taberner House, having cleared his desk and using some untaken annual holiday before he moves on, with a £100,000 salary drop, to work at the NHS from the £248,000 per year he collected here (it was nice of the ever-supportive Redhill Sadvertiser to understate Rouse’s salary and benefits package, overlooking his £50,000-plus pension contributions).

In Rouse’s place, the unctious deputy Nathan Elvery is running Croydon’s Town Hall show, at least until next March – though the timing of that interim appointment may prove flexible to dovetail with any “regime change” prompted by the 2014 local elections, giving the next council leadership the opportunity to influence who might head up the administration.

But it is good to see that the council is looking to bypass expensive West End executive headhunters, and is going for a more cost-effective recruitment process by staging a “So You Want To Be A Chief Executive” event at the Fairfield Halls later today … for 16 to 19-year-olds.

They couldn’t possibly do a worse job than “unfairly maligned genius” Rouse, after all, could they?

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