Liverpool’s Liberal Democrat Group have repeated the call they made last March at the Council’s budget meeting in the light of a further 3 months suspension of the Council’s Chief Executive, Ged Fitzgerald.
Lib Dem Leader Cllr Kemp said, “We argued at the time that the post was no longer needed due to the forthcoming election of a Regional Mayor and his own Chief Executive and support staff. For the same reasons we argued for the abolition of the post of City Mayor. Now we have been without a Chief Executive for 6 months which will grow to at least 9 and there has been no noticeable reduction in the services of the Council. We also note that the Mayor of Liverpool has been almost totally eclipsed by the City Region Mayor, Steve Rotheram.
Deleting these posts and their hangers on will save the Council more than £500,000 in a full year. That is money that would be better spent on the provision of frontline services. This is not a reflection on the reasons for Mr Fitzgerald’s suspension but a reflection of the fact that his absence with no effect proves the point that we made.
We currently have the former Chief Executive of Bradford in the Council at an exorbitant fee I hope that he will earn his money by looking at the suggestion that we made and repeat now”