The Council has finally created a HR (staffing) Committee. Our first meeting is in a couple of weeks. My question is can the Committee meet without the Clerk? There are quite a few matters to be discussed, some of them quite delicate. Being the Chair I have worked the closest with the Clerk, who has no qualifications, and am aware of her shortcomings in several areas. Example - despite being the RFO she has little bookkeeping skill, hence despite trying I have been unable to get her to produce a budget that that shows all the categories it should. I have offered my help but it has been rejected, several times. (I am a trained bookkeeper).
I feel it is unfair, not to mention embarrassing, to discuss in detail these matter in front of the person involved. I do understand that they will have to be addressed at the review and target setting, which I understand is done one to one by the Chair of the Committee. I just feel that a conversation needs to take place by the committee alone first.
Any staffing advice would be greatly appreciated.