Council Employees Standing As Councillors

Tuesday, 28 August 2018
Request Date
Monday, June 25, 2018
Response Date
Friday, June 29, 2018


Can you forward your policy regarding council workers standing as potential candidates as elected councilors.


The rules governing employees standing for election are detailed in Law which the Comhairle adheres to. Politically restricted post holders are disqualified for standing in terms of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 and a list of those post holders within the Comhairle is enclosed:


Identified Posts

  1. Chief Executive (Head of Paid Service Section 1 Local Government and Housing Act 1989)
  2. Chief Social Work Officer (Section 3 Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968)
  3. Chief Finance Officer (with responsibility in terms of section 95 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973)
  4. Monitoring Officer (Section 5 Local Government and Housing Act 1989)

Posts defined by their relationship to others

  1. Director of Education and Children’s Services
  2. Director of Technical Services
  3. Director of Development
  4. Chief Officer Health and Social Care
  5. Head of Human Resources
  6. Head of Devolved Services (Uist & Barra)
  7. Head of Procurement and Exchequer Services
  8. Head of Accountancy and Customer Services
  9. Head of Assets and Infrastructure
  10. Head of Municipal Services
  11. Head of Economic Development
  12. Head of Development Services
  13. Head of Partnership Services
  14. Head of Locality Services
  15. Head of Education
  16. Chief Internal Auditor
  17. Strategy Manager

Undefined Posts for the duties which have certain characteristics described in the legislation

  1. Consumer and Environmental Services Manager
  2. Housing Services Manager
  3. Planning Manager (Development Management)
  4. Building Standards Manager
  5. Development Plans Manager Head of Economic Development
  6. Economic Development Manager (2 posts)
  7. Economic Development Manager
  8. Heritage Manager
  9. Library Service Manager
  10. Democratic Services Manager
  11. Principal Administrative Officer
  12. Administrative Officer (4 posts)
  13. Organisational Development Manager
  14. Solicitors (5 posts)
  15. Communications Officer
  16. Translator/Communications Assistant