In the midst of the holiday period there was some media coverage of Michael Green’s resignation from the
Western Isles Joint Valuation Board. Briefly, there was an opportunity to
appoint a new high heid yin at a reduced salary. Michael told the Gurn that the
salary of £87,000 for the post of Assessor and Electoral Registration Officer
was worth over £100K when the whole package was considered. He believed it was
in the gift of the Highland Council to reduce the salary. Highland
When asked if a reduced salary would have attracted a lesser calibre of applicant Michael replied that he was informed that there was no shortage of applicants for the job and it would probably have been the same number for a reduced salary. He said that the Council had to get its own house in order at a time when many individuals and businesses in the area are still taking their share of economic pain.
Michael also fails to see why it was necessary to fly the committee to Stornoway for a meeting with all the resultant expense on travel and meals etc, when video conferencing technology is in available. Michael sees his actions on this issue as reflecting the views of those voters that elected him. The committee voted 7-2 not to review the salary and thus Michael resigned. There will be many Gurnites who will share his view that this was a good opportunity to reduce the local government management wage bill in the