DECISION AND REASON FOR THE DECISION:
The Assistant Chief Minister agreed to grant Entitled status under Regulation 2(1)(e) of the Control of Housing and Work (Residential and Employment Status) (Jersey) Regulations 2013 to Mr Charlie Parker as the new Chief Executive Officer of the States of Jersey, on social and economic grounds.
The States Employment Board requested this status to be granted following extensive recruitment and selection activities in line with the guidance of the Jersey Appointments Commission.
This request was made on an exceptional basis, noting the quality of Mr Parker as a candidate and having particular regard to the consistency of his track-record in delivering change within a number of substantial and relevant organisations.
The Assistant Chief Minister applied particular note to the incoming Chief Executive Officer’s commitment to the transformation of Jersey’s public sector to deliver high quality public services for the Island.
Due note was also given to the uniqueness and seniority of the role of Chief Executive Officer, the size and significance of the States of Jersey as an employer and the wider impact of the role on the Island’s economy and society.
In considering the request, the Assistant Chief Minister took into account the demands faced by the Island and the public sector to maintain services as our society ages, to successfully manage our public finances and to support our economy.
The Assistant Chief Minister also noted other pressures and challenges associated with the role (for example, Brexit and the substantial body of work highlighted in the report of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry).
Residential status was granted on condition (and as requested by the States’ Employment Board) that the applicant remain in the role of Chief Executive for a minimum period of 5 years and that such status would only become unconditional on completion of 5 years of satisfactory performance in that role. Should that threshold not be reached, the status would be automatically revoked.
Performance would be deemed to be satisfactory provided Mr Parker’s contract of employment as Chief Executive was extant after 5 years and that no disciplinary proceedings were in train. In the event of disciplinary proceedings being in train, any final decision as to residential status would be deferred until such proceedings were concluded.