Kate Josephs: Acting chief executive set to be appointed to Sheffield council, high-level sources say

Sources say the officer, who has yet to be named, will take the reins shortly as Ms Josephs enters a fifth week of discretionary leave from her £190,000 role.

Councilors called in an independent investigator after Ms Josephs became involved in a police investigation.

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Sheffield Council chief executive Kate Josephs remains on paid leave pending an independent inquiry

Sue Gray’s report confirmed that the Metropolitan Police will investigate a party which Ms Josephs admits to attending at the Cabinet Office on December 17, 2020 at the height of lockdown restrictions.

She worked as chief executive of the Covid Taskforce before starting her new role at Sheffield Council.

The board did not confirm the appointment, but a spokesperson said: ‘Pending the investigation, Kate will remain on discretionary leave and interim management arrangements will be put in place. These will be shared as soon as possible. »

Ms Josephs is not suspended, so she can still contact officers and advisers. An interim CEO will remove any need for her to become directly involved in council business while the investigation is being conducted.

Troubled times at Sheffield Council

The council expects the investigation to take several weeks, but the timing is bad for politicians as they head into local elections in May. Any ad could drop in the middle of their campaign.

It’s a turbulent time for the council. There is a Labor and Green coalition, a transition to a new committee system, an absent chief executive and several long-serving senior executives who have recently left or retired.

On top of that, the council is facing a budget crisis – it has to use £14.5million in savings and is raising council tax by 3%, which is the maximum allowed by law.

Finance chiefs have repeatedly warned against making tough decisions about social protection for adults and children. Some of the city’s most vulnerable adults will have their care packages reassessed while libraries are being overhauled.

The sobering budget report and words of warning from finance officials are juxtaposed with the chief executive remaining on paid leave.

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