The use of the word “officers” means all employees and staff engaged by the council to carry out its functions. This word has also been used instead of “employees” to cover those engaged under short term, agency or other non-employed situations. However, councils should, in this Article, use the term they consider most appropriate, whether this is “officers”, “staff” or “employees”.
8.1 Management structure
The management structure of the council is set out in Part 6 of this constitution.
8.2 Functions of the Clerk to the council
The functions of the Clerk to the Council are carried out by the Chief Executive who is the council’s Head of the Paid Service and principal adviser on policy issues. The Chief Executive has responsibility for implementing the council’s strategic objectives and ensuring the efficient, effective and equitable discharge of responsibilities of the council as detailed in legislation.
8.3 Functions of the Chief Financial Officer
The CFO in a public service organisation:
(i) Is a key member of the leadership team, helping it to develop and implement strategy and to resource and deliver the organisation’s strategic objectives sustainably and in the public interest.
(ii) Must be actively involved in, and able to bring influence to bear on, all material business decisions to ensure immediate and longer term implications, opportunities and risks are fully considered, and in alignment with the organisation’s financial strategy.
(iii)Must lead the promotion and delivery by the whole organization of good financial management so that public money is safeguarded at all times and used appropriately, economically and efficiently.
(Source: The Role of the CFO in Local Government (CIPFA 2010))
8.4 Duty to provide sufficient resources to the Chief Financial Officer
The council will provide the chief financial officer with such officers, accommodation and other resources as are, in its opinion, sufficient to allow their duties to be performed.
Officers will comply with the Officers’ Code of Conduct and the Local Government Employee and Councillor Working Relationship Protocol set out in Part 5 of this constitution.