Sep 13 2012 by Hannah Bewley, Harrow Observer
THE boss of Brent Council will leave his post after 14 years.
Chief executive Gareth Daniel will leave the council ‘imminently’ after serving the borough for 26 years, including his current post.
Some councillors claim the working relationship between Mr Daniel and council leader Muhammed Butt broke down.
Lib Dem leader of the opposition, Councillor Paul Lorber, said: “This is an extraordinary breakdown in relationships and poses a real risk to the effective running of Brent Council.
“I have had my differences with Gareth Daniel over the years but have always found it possible to maintain a professional relationship. If Labour councillors are clumsily trying to ease Mr Daniel out of his position they are risking very large sums of public cash on redundancy and compensation payments, not to mention the damage to their and the council’s reputation.”
The council declined to comment on the alleged rift or details of any redundancy payments.
A council spokesman said: “Gareth has worked for Brent for 26 years including 14 years as chief executive. In that time he led the council through an enormous amount of positive change and was the driving force behind the council’s decision to build a new civic centre in Wembley.
“He is a highly respected senior officer across London and beyond and will be greatly missed by the organisation and its partners.”
The council will spend several months recruiting for the position, during which Fiona Ledden, director of legal and procurement will take over the role.
Mr Daniel was receiving a yearly salary of more than £200,000.