Hefty pay-out won by favourite for Cornwall Council top job
The man being lined up for the top job at Cornwall Council received a £144,000 pay-off from a previous job which he held for just 18 months.
Andrew Kerr has just been unveiled as the favourite to take over as chief executive at the unitary authority.
If his appointment is endorsed by full council on Tuesday, Mr Kerr will leave his job as chief operating officer at Cardiff Council.
The post, which he has held for just over a year, paid a salary of £131,000.
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Before them Mr Kerr was the chief executive of Wiltshire Council, a £183,000 post he was made redundant from after 18 months due to cost cutting.
During his tenure, Mr Kerr provoked controversy by accepting a £6,000 pay rise as more than 200 staff lost their jobs and thousands endured a pay freeze
The money was paid back but after he left, it was revealed in a freedom of information request that Mr Kerr had received a pay-off of just over £144,000.
The announcement that he is being lined up to step into the shoes of Kevin Lavery, who departed for New Zealand earlier this, was made by Cornwall Council’s Member Selection and Appointment of Chief Officers Panel.
The recommendation will now be considered by all Members at the meeting of the Full Council on Tuesday, October 22.
Chairman of the panel, Fiona Ferguson said: “There was a very strong field of candidates but I am pleased we have been able to make a unanimous recommendation.
“On behalf of the panel I would like to thank all the stakeholders and officers from the council for their support in helping us to make this vital decision”.