Parmley to leave South Somerset
The Chief Executive of South Somerset District Council (SSDC) has announced he will be leaving. Just ahead of the reorganisation of the county into one or two unitary councils.
Mr Parmley has overseen turbulent times. A transformation programme at SSDC that ran into trouble. It ended up costing at least £1m in excess agency costs due to the disruption to staffing. Albeit the excess costs were not coded to Transformation. Which allowed the authority to claim its Transformation was on budget.
There followed a meltdown in the planning department with planning agents deeply unhappy. And finally the phosphate issue raising its head to disrupt planning.
On the plus side SSDC leant large numbers of its staff to support the COVID 19 vaccination programme. Run by the local NHS and using staff taken from all our councils, it has been a notable success.
Mr Parmley now leaves to take up the position of Chief Executive of Waitaki District Council, New Zealand. It will certainly be different to South Somerset. And as his wife is a New Zealander it is an obvious move.
We wish him well in the future.