Borough Secretary & Monitoring Officer

Monitoring Officer

Monitoring Officer - outline

Francis Fernandes is the Council's Monitoring Officer. He has a broad responsibility to ensure the lawfulness and fairness of the Council's decision-making processes, the compliance with codes and protocols and the promotion of good governance and high ethical standards.

His two main roles are:

  1. To monitor and review the operation of the Council's Constitution to ensure that the aims and principles of the constitution are given full effect. To engage in consultation over matters of interpretation of the Constitution's rules and procedures and make a determination if necessary.
  2. To deal with matters relating to the conduct of Councillors and Officers and to act as the principal adviser to the authority's Standards Committee and report on matters he believes are, or are likely to be, illegal or amount to maladministration.


Standards and conduct