Plans were approved last night for Eden District Council's Acting Chief Executive, Jason Gooding, to continue in his interim role, splitting his time between Eden District Council and Carlisle City Council.
The extension sees Dr Gooding split his time as Chief Executive between the two local authorities up until the end of December. The previous arrangement was due to come to an end in May.
The extension stands to be a cost-effective solution until the way forward with local government reorganisation is clear.
Dr Gooding will not receive any additional remuneration, though the City Council will receive in the region of £35,000 from Eden Council should the arrangement run until December as planned.
Carlisle City Council confirmed their readiness to continue the arrangement at their council meeting on Tuesday, with Eden District Council approving their decision on Thursday evening at their full Council meeting.
An Eden District Council spokesperson said, “This decision provides welcome continuity for Eden District Council’s Corporate Leadership team, until such time as there is more clarity over the position with local government reorganisation. The Government have indicated that they will announce their intention for local government reorganisation by July of this year and the extension of the current arrangements to December will give us time to put longer term plans in place in response to the outcome.”
Jason Gooding joined Carlisle City Council as an Executive Director in 2003 and became Deputy Chief Executive in November 2005. He was appointed as the City Council’s Town Clerk and Chief Executive in 2011. He is also currently Eden District Council’s Acting Chief Executive, a position he has held since January 2021.