Sunday, 19 June 2011

Sixth officer leaves Stoke City Council for new job with former boss

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A TOP officer is leaving Stoke-on-Trent City Council after landing a job with his former boss in Cheshire.

Mark Palethorpe, who is the council's head of adult services and partnerships, becomes the latest senior figure to leave for Cheshire West and Chester Council, where he will be director of adult social care and health.

Cheshire West and Chester Council is run by former city council manager Steve Robinson, who left Stoke-on-Trent in October 2008.

He was followed within weeks by director of central services Julie Gill and adult social care and health director Steve Wilds.

And early last year the authority also lost its then head of housing, Alan Slater, head of human resources, Euan Murdoch-Hollies, and head of citywide and neighbourhood services Helen Bailey to the Chester council.

Mr Palethorpe is the first senior officer to leave for Chester in the past 18 months, and will replace current director Mr Wilds.

It is not known how much he will earn in the new role, but the salary is likely to be well above £100,000 a year, compared to about £80,000 for a head of department at the city council.

My comment: Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer. Sun Tzu

Read the full story from the source This is Staffordshire

Sample Comments below the article.

“I bet Cheshire West will be wondering where all these duffers came from, well my my its the merry go round from Stoke, is Robinson a Trekkie I wonder?”

“I have no doubt in my mind that these people are chasing pay rises, and also avoiding copping the blame for serial failures. And who knows... maybe the new guy has a "mate" in line for that job. Its all one big merry-go-round for these people.”

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