Limited contracts considered for chief executives of govt departments

Tynwald buildings, Douglas

Tynwald buildings, Douglas

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Limited term contracts and performance reporting mechanisms for chief executives of government departments are being considered, the Chief Minister has said.

Allan Bell told Tynwald this week he would report back to Tynwald on the issue once the Civil Service Commission has determined its position on the matter.

The issue was raised by Onchan MHK Peter Karran (LibVan), who wants to see the introduction of five year fixed contracts and more accountability for chief officers of government departments.

He said that at present, chief executives were not being held to account. He said good staff needed to be retained while those who were not performing needed to be got rid of, for the benefit of the island.

Mr Bell agreed, saying the island faced major challenges.

‘We need the best possible people we can get in the chief roles. It’s my ambition to make sure the Isle of Man does its best to achieve that.’

When asked whether he was in favour of performance targets, Mr Bell said: ‘I have no problem with that as long as key performance targets are relevant to what we want to achieve.’

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