Second director to leave Mansfield District Council

Mansfield Civic Centre.
Mansfield Civic Centre.

A second director is to leave his post as the shake-up at Mansfield District Council continues.

Monitoring officer and corporate director for housing and environment, Ajman Ali, will leave his position on October 16 by ‘mutual agreement’.

Going: Ajman Ali

Going: Ajman Ali

It comes just weeks after managing director, Ruth Marlow, left the council under the same circumstances.

The council initially refused to speculate on Mrs Marlow when approached by both the Chad and radio station Mansfield 103.2, insisting she was simply ‘on leave’.

However, they eventually confirmed that she was no longer at the council.

For Mr Ali, mayor Kate allsop said: “Ajman has been with the council for the last nine years and I would like to thank him for the contribution he has made during this time and wish him well for the future.”

Bev Smith, interim chief operating officer, said: “I’d like to thank Ajman for all his hard work and commitment in driving the housing service forward. We wish him all the very best in his future career.”

Meic Sullivan-Gould has been appointed interim legal monitoring officer until December to support members and ensure the council continues to have an ‘effective governance structure’.

The review of the council’s senior management structure is expected to be finished before Christmas, but Sonnya Ward, leader of the Labour Group on Mansfield District Council says many members are being kept in the dark about the changes.

“We are not being consulted on these matters until they are presented to us as a fait accompli.

“We are not being told the reasons (behind the departures).

“There are costs associated with staff leaving too, and there are roles such as the monitoring officer role which are statutory - it is a legal requirement that any council has a monitoring officer.”