More Staff Leaving Council’s Overstretched Finance Department

town hall 4The Council says it is taking steps to ensure it meets its statutory responsibilities following the resignation of a second senior member of the Finance Department.

Chief Executive Theo Leijser emailed councillors on Tuesday to tell them Senior Officer for Income and Investment, Sarah Chodkiewicz, has decided to take up a new position at Bath City Council.

Sarah’s departure follows the announcement in February that Senior Finance Manager, Laura Roberts, was leaving after just seven months in the job.

It leaves no one in the top two senior finance levels in the Council.

Roberts also holds the important Section 151 Officer role – the person who monitors the Authority’s finances to ensure they’re acting within the law.

The vacancies are likely to add to the problems within the Finance Department, which were flagged up at the February Policy and Resources meeting.

A report said the department had been running at just 65% of the required staffing levels since September.

Councillors have complained repeatedly of late finance reports, which have caused several meetings to be delayed or postponed.

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