Friday, 1 April 2011

Nick Walkley Resigns


Nick Walkley, Chief Executive of Barnet Council, has sensationally resigned following the debacle over the use of Metpro Rapid Response at the recent meeting of the council. Not The Barnet Times understands that Mr Walkley had tried to ride out the storm of protest, but the latest revelation that innocent and law abiding residents were secretly filmed by Metpro’s henchmen made his position untenable.

A spokesman for the council said: “In any organisation, the person at the top must accept ultimate responsibility, not only for the decisions which are taken by that organisation, but also for the people who carry out those decisions.”

It was recently disclosed that Mr Walkley received a remuneration package worth £250,000 last year, but he has agreed to waive his right to compensation for loss of office. The spokesman continued: “There can be no reward for failure. At a time when loyal and hard working staff are being laid off, it would be entirely inappropriate for a Chief Executive who has presided over such an ignominious act to receive any further payment from the public purse.”

It is understood that the Council will now advertise for a successor, to be paid a salary below that of the Prime Minister, in accordance with the guidelines set out by the Secretary of State, Eric Pickles.

4 comments:

vickim57 said...

Let's try to make this particular dream a reality!

baarnett said...

The Barnet Times has a chuckle.

tw said...

The rumor says that he's well on his way to fulfill this dream, as - immediately after sending council staff deceiving and intimidating letters slandering their union (two in one day! one of them including an embarrassing tactical mistake!) and covering the North London Business Park buildings' walls with dozens of A3 framed posters with the same deceitful text, he left for a holiday.

Some say he may be on a 'gardening holiday', following in the footsteps of his Suffolk colleague, ex-chief executive Andrea Hill...

And it is not an insensible thing to do too when you become so hysterical...

Don't Call Me Dave said...

tw

I have not been following any issues in Barnet for the last few weeks so do not know the details of the incident to which you refer. However, based on previous knowledge of the workings of Barnet Council, if you expect a senior officer or councillor to accept responsibility for their actions, you will be bitterly disappointed. That’s not how we do things in Barnet.