Decision details

Appointment of Deputy Monitoring Officer

Decision Maker: Director Legal & Democratic

Decision status: Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


The Council is required to appoint a Monitoring Officer (Section 5 Local Government & Housing Act 1989). The Council appointed the former deputy Monitoring Officer, Michael Hewitt as Interim Monitoring Officer from the 1 December 2020.

Section 5(7) of the 1989 Act provides that the duties of a monitoring officer must be performed by him personally or, where he is unable to act owing to absence or illness, personally by such member of his staff as he has for the time being nominated as his deputy for the purposes of this section.


To appoint Shaine Lewis the Acting Head of Legal Services as the Interim Deputy Monitoring Officer

Alternative options considered:

Option 1 - not appointing a deputy exposes the Council to unnecessary risk in the event of absence or illness of the Monitoring Officer.

Publication date: 22/01/2021

Date of decision: 22/01/2021