THE first tangible signs of a corporate restructure at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions have taken place in the form of a $262,500 salary package.

The package has been allocated to the newly created position of director, legal services, as part of a dedicated strategic plan to transform the ODPP into a modern business enterprise.

Director of public prosecutions Robert Cock said Deacon Consultants spent about six months with the organisation and identified key areas for improvement.

“The consultants found that there were no sufficient structures in place to be able to say that we were operating efficiently and that we needed someone to develop a performance management system,” he said.

“We’ve never had a business plan or strategic plan. We’ve been reactive and the time has come to drive the organisation forward with a clear management plan so that we become proactive between ourselves, the court, and the police.”

A major part of this strategic plan is the development of two key management positions and the delegation of duties such as financial authority to management staff.

“Part of the recommendations was to create better management control. We’ve created two new positions – the director of legal services and the director of business services,” he said.

“The director of business services has not been advertised because I am waiting for approval from the Premier’s office on the salary package.

“We are looking to offer between $95,000 and $100,000 for the role. We are looking for someone with good reporting, HR, IR, leasing and other aspects involved in a corporate management role.”

Mr Cock said the new positions were part of a total restructure that started shortly after his official appointment as director in September 1999.

“The management consultants came in January 2001.” he said.

“In 10 years we have gone from a staff of 40 to 120, and during that period we had not refocused.

“I’ve got a corporate change manager in to work on this. They are getting consultants in to work with staff to give them hands-on training and the skills and tools necessary to develop a business plan.

“The criminal property confiscation is currently putting its plan together and I will use that as a template for other divisions to use. I hope the entire office’s business plan will be completed by the end of the year.”

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