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Greater London Authority may axe chief executive role

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Image caption City Hall will still need a head of the paid service

The Greater London Authority (GLA) is considering abolishing the post of chief executive.

The BBC has seen a letter from serving chief executive Leo Boland to staff on the subject.

It reads: "It seems good sense to question whether an organisation of 600 needs a chief executive officer alongside an executive mayor."

A review of the post is now being carried out by a senior Transport for London manager.

Mr Boland continued in the letter: "I have recommended the mayor give consideration to this matter and he has agreed.

"Regardless of the outcome there will need to be a statutory head of the paid service."

A GLA spokeswoman said: "Leo Boland has spearheaded a reorganisation of the GLA, implementing significant structural and cultural change.

"From this position of strength - and in light of proposals in the Localism Bill for directly-elected mayors to combine chief executive functions - Mr Boland questioned whether the GLA now requires a highly-paid chief executive."

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