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Help us keep standards high

Wycombe District Council invites applications from anyone interested in taking on the role of ‘Independent Person’ to help to promote and maintain high standards of councillor conduct.

In accordance with the Localism Act 2011, the Council must appoint at least one Independent Person to play a key role in supporting its duty to promote and maintain high standards of conduct. Responsibilities will include working with the Council’s Monitoring Officer to review any complaints about members or their conduct, and attending committee meetings relating to standards and conduct matters. The Independent Person’s views can also be sought by a member who is the subject of a complaint.

The Council is keen to hear from applicants who have a broad range of experience, preferably in the public, private, voluntary or charitable sector, have objectivity and impartiality, as well as good communication skills.

Julie Openshaw, Wycombe District Council's Monitoring Officer, commented: "We want to hear from members of the public who enjoy contributing and making a positive difference to our community and who want to ensure that the highest standards of conduct are met in public life. While experience in the public sector of dealing with complaints processes is desirable, your skills in decision making, an ability to be objective and impartial and an interest in upholding high ethical standards will be equally valuable."

This role pays an annual allowance and training is also given. To ensure the independence of the role, and as provided by law, anyone who is or has within the past five years been a member, co-opted member or an officer of Wycombe District Council or any parish council within its area, or who is a relative or close friend of a district or parish councillor, is not eligible to apply.

The deadline for applications is noon on Monday 19 February 2018. Interviews will be scheduled for later in February or early March.