South Somerset Finance boss resigns
To lose one Finance Director may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose two looks like carelessness.
In this particular instance the carelessness was on the part of The Leveller® for which we apologise. Our original piece reported that two Finance Directors had resigned, one at South Somerset District Council (SSDC) and one at Mendip District Council (MDC).
Our piece was accurate in respect of SSDC. However the information we reported (which we had received from multiple sources) on MDC was incorrect. Richard Bates, S151 officer at Mendip District Council (MDC) has not resigned. It is true that Mr Bates was appointed on a temporary contract in July last year. He had remained in post beyond his initial 6 month term. He has since signed a new contract with MDC and remains their s151 officer. We apologise to both Mr Bates and MDC for the error on our part. And we wish Mr Bates every success in continuing his role.
In a statement to The Leveller® an MDC spokesperson noted: “Mendip District Council’s interim section 151 statutory finance officer has not resigned. The officer’s appointment was confirmed by Full Council back in July 2020 for an initial 6 month period. At the last Full Council in February 2021 the interim appointment was extended until end July 2021. Councils are required to appoint a section 151 officer under the Local Government Act 1972, to ensure the financial probity of the Council’s business.”
However the situation at SSDC is as reported. The s151 officer is a sort of Finance Director for a council. At SSDC the role was filled by Jo Nacy and she has indeed resigned. She had only been in post for a year. There was no press release regarding Ms Nacy’s resignation.
We have contacted the communications team at SSDC but have had no response.