Agenda and minutes

Chief Officers' Committee - Tuesday, 11th July, 2017 2.30 pm

Venue: Cumbria House, Botchergate, Carlisle CA1 1RD

Contact: Nicola Harrison  Email:

No. Item


Constitution and Membership of the Panel pdf icon PDF 58 KB

(1)  To note the Constitution and Membership of the Panel as follows:


5 County Councillors


Labour (2)

Mr S Young (Chair)

Mrs A Burns


Conservative (2)

Mr J Airey (Vice Chair)

Mrs H Carrick


Liberal Democrat (1)

Mr I Stewart


(2)  To note the executive functions delegated to the Panel (copy enclosed).



The Part 2L of the County Council’s Constitution relating to the Functions and Membership of the Panel was noted.


The membership of the Chief Officers Panel as agreed at the full County Council meeting held on 29 June 2017 was noted.



To receive any apologies for absence.


Apologies for absence were noted as follows:


Mr J Airey (substitute Mr G Ellis)

Mrs A Burns (substitute Mr J Bell)

Mr I Stewart (substitute Mrs J Willis).


Exclusion of Press and Public

To consider whether the press and public should be excluded from the meeting during consideration of any item on the agenda.


RESOLVED              that under Section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972 the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of Agenda items 5. Minutes of the Chief Officer Panel 20 April 2017 and 6. Appointment of Chief Fire Officer, on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined under Part 1 of Paragraph 1 of the Act – information relating to any individual.



Disclosures of Interest

Members are invited to disclose any disclosable pecuniary interest they have in any item on the agenda which comprises


1          Details of any employment, office, trade, profession or vocation carried on for            profit or gain.


2          Details of any payment or provision of any other financial benefit (other than from the authority) made or provided within the relevant period in respect of any expenses incurred by you in carrying out duties as a member, or towards your election expenses.  (This includes any payment or financial benefit from a trade union within the meaning of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.


3          Details of any contract which is made between you (or a body in which you have a beneficial interest) and the authority


(a)       Under which goods or services are to be provided or works are to be executed; and


            (b)       Which has not been fully discharged.


4          Details of any beneficial interest in land which is within the area of the authority. 


5          Details of any licence (alone or jointly with others) to occupy land in the area of the authority for a month or longer. 


6          Details of any tenancy where (to your knowledge)


            (a)       The landlord is the authority; and


            (b)       The tenant is a body in which you have a beneficial                                                         interest.


7          Details of any beneficial interest in securities of a body where


(a)       That body (to your knowledge) has a place of business or land in the    area of the authority; and



(b)       Either –


(i)      The total nominal value of the securities exceeds £25,000 or one            hundredth of the total issued share capital of that body; or


(ii)         If that share capital of that body is of more than one class, the total nominal value of the shares of any one class in which the relevant person has a beneficial interest exceeds one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that class.


In addition, you must also disclose other non-pecuniary interests set out in the Code of Conduct where these have not already been registered.




A “disclosable pecuniary interest” is an interest of a councillor or their partner (which means spouse or civil partner, a person with whom they are living as husband or wife, or a person with whom they are living as if they are civil partners).


There were no disclosures on Interest declared.



To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Panel held on 20 April 2017 (copy enclosed for members only).


RESOLVED that  the Minutes of the previous meeting held on 20 April 2017 be agreed and signed by the Chair.



To consider a report from the Chief Executive (copy enclosed).


A report was considered by the Panel, from the Chief Executive, on the appointment of the Chief Fire Officer. The Panel’s approval was sought to commence the final interview stage for the permanent post of Chief Fire Officer.


The Senior Manager – People Management guided members through the selection process, advising that there had been three candidates, only one of which had met the essential criteria and was therefore shortlisted. The Chief Executive advised on the advertisement of the position. The Panel was informed of the reasons why other candidates had not been shortlisted and also on the Council’s recruitment practices.


After taking into consideration the information provided by officers and the detailed findings of the shortlisting exercise and stage 1 of the selection process as outlined in the report, the Panel agreed with the recommendation of the Chief Executive; to proceed to interview Mr Steve Healey.


The selection process took place during the afternoon of 11th July 2017, which included a presentation by the candidate, followed by an interview by Panel members.  The outcome of the selection process was that the Chief Officer Panel unanimously recommended to appoint Steve Healey as Chief Fire Officer for Cumbria County Council.




1)    The Chief Officers Panel agree to progress immediately, to interview Mr S Healey.

2)    Following interview on 11 July 2017, Mr S Healey be appointed as Chief Fire Officer for Cumbria County Council