^ Behind the scenes folk are fine and well, if they are indeed working, and doing a decent job. Its not that long ago since the head of a local public body who *seemed* to be working away quietly, suddenly "left", leaving quite a chaotic scene behind him.
By definition it follows a great deal has to be taken on trust, which isn't maybe the smartest given the importance of the position, and some of the debacles that have come out in the wash with some of his predecessors. We can do without publicity seekers who live their entire lives and make all their mistakes on the front page of the Times, and sometimes in rags further afield, but someone who is virtually never seen of heard is the polar opposite, and arguably equally as bad in their own way.
A moderation, where the main man is seen and heard doing the job from time to time, is to my mind what should be expected.
but the point of his job is not to be in front of the media that's what the trained monkeys sorry council leaders are for. his role is to manage if he does that quietly but effectively i am happy.
Well, yes and no. Part of his job is to engage the media when appropriate, council leaders can only discuss with the media what occured at council meetings and the info supplied to them at such meetings by whichever council departments had relevant information to submit. The CE is the guy the who is in the position at all times to have the full overview of the entire council organisation, and address issues from the point of view of the entire council machine. Over the last year most of the heads of the various departments have been reported in local media on account of what they'd said at this or that council meeting, or been contacted by the media for a statement on an issue, and thats fine where whatever it is is restricted to their department only. The CE assumes the same role for the overall council machine, surely there's been something in the last year affecting the whole council machine that was worthy of some sort of public contribution from him, or at least from his office. Even if there hasn't, there have been department specific issues during that time of a magnitude that you'd have expected the CE to be out there backing up and providing support to the department head involved.
This is, loosely speaking, the role every previous CE the SIC has ever had. This one is either very different, or the local media have collectively decided to consider him persona non grata, which I very much doubt. If this is his preferred method of operation, then that's his perogative, but the down side of staying virtually completely off the public's radar is to have folk start wondering just what, if anything, they're getting in return for the just shy of Â£2k the man is drawing down every week.