What is a Monitoring Officer? The Monitoring Officer role is undertaken by a senior officer within all local authorities throughout England. At Mansfield District Council the Monitoring Officer's role is undertaken by the Head of Corporate Administration.
FUNCTIONS OF THE MONITORING OFFICER:
- Ensuring lawfulness and fairness of decision making. After consulting with the Head of Paid Service and Chief Financial Officer,the Monitoring Officer will report to the full Council or to the Executive in relation to an executive function if he or she considers that any proposal, decision or omission would give rise to unlawfulness or if any decision being implemented until the report has been considered.
- Supporting the Standards Committee. The Monitoring Officer will contribute to the promotion and maintenance of high standards of the conduct through the provision of support to the Standards Committee.
- Receiving Reports. The Monitoring Officer will receive and act on reports made by Ethical Standards Officers and decisions of the case tribunals.
- Conducting Investigations.The Monitoring Officer will conduct investigations into matters referred by Ethical Standards Officers and make reports or recommendations in respect of them to the Standards Committee.
- Restrictions on posts.The Monitoring Officer cannot be the Chief Financial Officer or the Head of Paid Service