From a correspondent:
I have read the post regarding Councillor Miller’s email exchange with Mark Williams, EDDC CEO-and I have several observations.
I am surprised that, after all these years in the job he has such a thin skin.
I can see nothing in the exchange [see page 3] which merits a Standards Committee hearing. Whether I agree or not with Councillor Miller is immaterial – I can see nothing more than a passionate and frustrated young and new councillor attempting to get that passion and frustration over to the CEO.
If councillors cannot communicate in a robust way with the CEO and if “sweeter” ways do not work – what should they do?
The CEO of any organisation worth his or her salt doesn’t run to the HR department and request that the person communicating with him or her should be “nice” – he or she opens a dialogue with them to find common ground and solutions -giving them the benefit of experience and (hopefully) wisdom.
Freedom speech is something our current government is massively pushing when it allows or supports disparate and perhaps inflammatory views expressed in public – this exchange was not in public till the CEO put it out there.
Finally, if our CEO is handling matters badly – what can we or the council do? I am aware of no procedure to deal with such events.
Can you really see a situation where a Monitoring Officer will force the boss to rehabilitate!