EXCLUSIVE: Seems executive officers of South Tyneside Council have seen the writing on the wall and jumping ship whilst they still can.
Yesterday Mr Monkey brought readers news about why The Head of Adult Services, Caroline Thomas was forced to go unexpectedly left by ‘mutual consent’ – although her union says something different – and joined the ever growing list of officers who appear to want nothing more to do with South Tyneside Council.
Mr Monkey can now reveal that another Head of Service is set to escape Irene’s clutches leave. Peter Fanning who is Head of Organisational Development and People has agreed to an early retirement package and will leave the authority shortly.
Mr Fanning was heavily involved in the BT Strategic Partnership which resulted in a significant number of council employees being ‘transferred’ to BT in October. This included most of his team and Mr Monkey can’t help wondering why he did’nt join them.
Given South Tyneside Council’s track record, it wouldn’t surprise Mr Monkey if some kind of deal wasn’t put in place before the BT Strategic Partnership went live which meant that Mr Fanning would not be transferred (to reduce costs) but would effectively be paid off. This would leave him free to join BT or Tech Mahindra on a part time or even consultancy basis .. this way he gets 2 bites of the cherry.