Controversial council boss lined up to take reins in Cornwall
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 the council on Tuesday, Mr Kerr will leave his job as chief operating officer at Cardiff Council.
Before then Mr Kerr was chief executive of Wiltshire Council, a £183,000 post he was made redundant from after 18 months. 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 received just over £144,000.
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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.
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."