New town clerk wanted - on a salary of over £40,000 a year

Mayor Coun Garry Titmus and outgoing clerk Sheila Scholes proudly show off the former Sleaford College IT suite to be stripped out to create a new chamber for full council meetings and public meetings. EMN-151124-135158001

Mayor Coun Garry Titmus and outgoing clerk Sheila Scholes proudly show off the former Sleaford College IT suite to be stripped out to create a new chamber for full council meetings and public meetings. EMN-151124-135158001

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Sleaford Town Council is advertising for a new clerk, offering a salary of over £40,000 a year.

Sheila Scholes has been acting clerk to the Town Council for the last 18 months since the sickness and then departure of former clerk Shelagh McIntyre and the council has now agreed to advertise the position for a replacement.

Chairman of the Council, Coun Garry Titmus, told The Standard: “Sheila was only ever employed in an interim position, initially to cover staff sickness and then continued to support Sleaford Town Council over, what has been, a challenging period.”

He said: ““She has provided excellent service to the council and to the town. We would love her to stay but she has other, personal plans for her life and sadly we must respect them.”

The position of Town Clerk and responsible Finance Officer has been advertised in The Telegraph online, commanding a salary of between £38,405 and £40,217 plus Local Government Pension Scheme, 25 days holiday (plus bank holidays).

It says the right applicant could commute from surrounding towns and the new clerk would “play a key role in the management of the Town Council which will in turn offer real benefits to Sleaford, a large market town in Lincolnshire with a population in excess of 18,000.”

The advert added: “Accountable to the Council the Town Clerk will ensure the effective management of all of the Council’s resources whilst also ensuring that the instructions of the Council are carried out and advising on the formation of policies and overall decision making. Incorporated in the role is the function of the Responsible Financial Officer (RFO), and you will therefore also be responsible for all the financial needs of the Council and the careful administration of its finances in accordance with required standards.”

It stated this “challenging” post requires excellent management and leadership skills enabling the post holder to work in partnership with staff, councillors, the local community and external partners.

Ideally candidates will have an understanding of local government management although evidence of and an excellent record in administration, policy, project management, financial management, communication and strategic thinking is of the most importance.

The appointed person will need to hold a Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA) or be willing to work towards obtaining this qualification upon commencing employment.

It stated key qualities are:

To be open, honest, discrete and fair;

To be focussed on solutions rather than problems; resourceful and resilient;

To be an inclusive leader, able to lead by example and to be collaborative rather than dictatorial in nature;

Be willing to work some evenings and weekends as required to attend Council meetings and Civic events, although working hours in any given week are to be 37.5;

Have a good sense of humour

The process is being handled by Hays recruitment agency.

View the job advert here.