Jenny Dawe slams opponents over ‘attacks’ on chief executive

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CITY leader Jenny Dawe has accused her political opponents of “attacks on the authority” of the council’s chief executive, Sue Bruce.

During a stormy debate on Mrs Bruce’s proposals to shake up the city development department, Councillor Dawe hit out at members who had called for more information at a meeting of the policy and strategy committee, then voted at full council to delay the measures until a wider report on organisational reform in the summer.

Cllr Dawe said: “I was embarrassed by opposition councillors’ attacks on the chief executive’s authority at policy and strategy and I am angered at the continuation at this meeting.”

Labour group leader Andrew Burns said: “Elected members sometimes disagree with officers – it is perfectly normal.”

Despite the opposition, the changes, which will see most city development staff transfer to services for communities, were approved.