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A unique and interesting flexible job opportunity has become available to become an “Independent Person”. This is a part-time statutory role providing advice to Chelmsford City Council‘s committees, should misconduct allegations against Chelmsford City Councillors and senior officers occur.

The role of an “Independent Person”

An Independent Person would be called upon if there is an allegation of misconduct by a Councillor that the Chelmsford City Council decides should be investigated.

An Independent Person does not need to be legally qualified, nor have prior experience of this role. However, a keen interest in ethics and governance and experience in advising others is recommended. Applicants will need tact and diplomacy and preferably have a good understanding of the workings of political or regulatory bodies.

Pay and working hours

The role receives an annual allowance of £600 and reasonable expenses will be reinbursed. It is not possible to estimate with accuracy the amount of work that will be required of an Independent Person, but including training, it is unlikely to exceed six days a year. This job would be suitable for people with spare time or flexibility in their existing working arrangements.

How to apply

There’s a handy information pack to read before applying by filling in an application form. All details are available on the Chelmsford City Council website. The closing date for applications is Tuesday 24 February 2023.

By Charlotte Maltby

Charlotte writes stories about recycling and waste, parks, economic development, local democracy and planning.