City of York Council moves to new Chief Operating Officer Model

Following a meeting of the Staffing Matters and Urgency Committee, it has been agreed that City of York Council will shift to a new Chief Operating Officer model, in order to focus on the delivery of Council services for residents and businesses in York, provide value for money and generate further efficiency savings.

Currently, City of York Council operates under a Chief Executive model. Instead, the Chief Operating Officer role provides a greater focus on operational delivery and service coordination. Therefore, the new move to a Chief Operating Officer model will provide City of York Council greater concentration on providing value for money services to residents, businesses and communities across the city.

The Chief Operating Officer model has also been recommended to City of York Council by the Local Government Association (LGA), following a review of the Council’s current structures. The LGA commented that the model, which is currently used by Leicester City Council, is “the best option for the Council at this time”.

By moving to a Chief Operating Officer model, the Council is forecast to save circa £95K per year, and the Chief Operating Officer’s pay is capped at £145,931 on the highest pay level, as opposed to the Chief Executive role, which can rise to £153,891.

The decision comes following a period of consultation with elected members, key stakeholders in the city and Trade Unions. Now that the decision has been taken by the Staffing Matters & Urgency Committee, the appointment to the Chief Operating Officer post will now progress, following a formal consultation with affected staff and following all the necessary HR processes.

Cllr Keith Aspden, Leader of City of York Council, commented:

“With the significant impacts caused by the Covid-19 pandemic on the city, it is now more important than ever to focus on improving the services we deliver as a Council and provide value for money to our residents, businesses and communities.”

“The new Chief Operating Officer model will place emphasis on operational delivery and service coordination, in order to make sure our residents receive the very best service from the Council, particularly at a time when people need our services the most.”

Cllr Andy D’Agorne, Deputy Leader of City of York Council, commented:

“We have reviewed a number of different models to identify what is best for the Council at this time and following the strong advice from the LGA, we have agreed to bring forward a new Chief Operating Officer model to improve the services that we deliver at this critical time.”

“Whilst our focus remains progressing our recovery and renewal plan to build back better, this model, as commented by the LGA, will deliver efficiency savings, improve service coordination and can be implemented with minimal impact on services.”

The Chief Operating Officer at City of York Council will be the Head of the Paid Service and therefore, lead the Council’s Corporate Management Team. As Head of the Paid Service, the postholder will have overall responsibility for the management and coordination of the employees appointed by the Council.