Interim government chief executive could be in post longer

Andrew McLaughlin (37801490)

THE interim head of the civil service could be in post for longer than expected, the Chief Minister has indicated.

Deputy Lyndon Farnham said recruitment for a permanent chief executive to replace government chief executive Dr Andrew McLaughlin had been paused.

Deputy Farnham added that the decision had been taken following the vote of no confidence in his predecessor Deputy Kristina Moore.

The closing date for applications was in mid-January, with shortlisting and panel interviews taking place the following month. It was then anticipated that the successful recruit would start in June.

But responding to a written question from Deputy Jonathan Renouf this week, Deputy Farnham said: “Discussions are taking place with the interim chief executive officer to establish if there are opportunities for the arrangements to continue either short or longer term.

“This will provide a period of stability and continuity, supporting a focus on performance and delivery for Islanders.”

Dr McLaughlin, a NatWest chief executive, is working under a secondment and fixed-term agreement between the government and the firm. He was appointed following the resignation of Suzanne Wylie in March last year.

A Public Accounts Committee report revealed this week that there is still no formal appraisal process for the government’s chief executive, which they said had been stalled by the departure of Mrs Wylie.

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