This is a fascinating turn of events when a former Council leader, an elected politician from the Green party goes to work as an officer for the staunchly Conservative county council of Essex. It's a bit like Jeremy Corbyn becoming Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence! More seriously I think this is really brave from both the Council and Jason Kitcat as everyone knows there will be far more scrutiny than normal. It does feel that it might really help bridge the divide between officers and members which should be there in terms of roles and responsibilities but sometimes degenerates into egotistical posturing and grandstanding and backside covering and buck passing. Good luck to everyone involved.
Former Brighton & Hove City Council leader Jason Kitcat is joining Essex CC as a senior officer, and he is being joined by Braintree DC’s chief executive Nicola Beach. Mr Kitcat is to become Essex’s executive director of corporate development, while Ms Beach is to head the county’s infrastructure work. Mr Kitcat led the country’s first minority Green party administration from 2012-15 and before that was Brighton’s cabinet member for finance for a year. A statement on his website said: “As of May 2015 I have stepped away from active party politics. I am no longer a member of any political party.” Since stepping down as leader Mr Kitcat has been head of policy and public affairs at online accountancy firm Crunch and micro-business ambassador for its associated Crunch Chorus operation