Interim Caerphilly chief to stand down

First published in News

CAERPHILLY Council’s interim chief executive is expected to announce his intention to stand down from the role later today.

Council members are to consider a recommendation that could see the position advertised as a fixed-term contract for two years at a salary of £142,524 to £158,360.

Stuart Rosser, who held the position on a full-time basis before retiring in 2010, was appointed to the post in July last year with an initial six-month contract. In January, it was extended for a further six months until July 23.

A report put before members at a full council meeting this afternoon says Mr Rosser took up the post in the expectation of a short-term assignment and has “no wish to extend this into years”.

Mr Rosser’s part-time appointment came in light of criminal proceedings against top council officers.

Chief executive Michael Anthony O’Sullivan 55, of Merthyr Tydfil, deputy chief executive Nigel Barnett 51, of Aberbargoed, along with head of legal services Daniel Perkins 48, of Brynmawr, are each charged with misconduct in public office between June 1, 2012 and October, 10, 2012. A provisional date of January 5, 2015 has been set for a trial.

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