Cornwall Council chief executive Kevin Lavery 'will resign to go to New Zealand'
Kevin Lavery, chief executive of Cornwall Council, will be leaving his post to take up a new job in New Zealand, it has been reported.
Mr Lavery, who has led Cornwall Council since it was launched in 2009, will be taking up a new job as chief executive of Wellington City Council, according to a New Zealand newspaper.
The Dominion Post reported: "In a closed-door meeting on Wednesday night, councillors spent three hours debating the appointment of Kevin Lavery, who will receive a salary of $420,000. Councillors interviewed four people for the position on Monday, after deciding in August to advertise the position."
The former chief executive of Wellington, Garry Poole, also applied for the job according to the Dominion Post, but was unsuccessful.
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Mr Lavery was seen as the driving force behind proposals to part-privatise council services in Cornwall. The proposals were turned down by councillors in a chain of events that saw leader Alec Robertson ousted.
Jeremy Rowe, leader of the opposition Liberal Democrat group at Cornwall Council, said he was grateful to Mr Lavery for his work in Cornwall.He said: ""Liberal Democrats will be seeking to ensure that there is a smooth transition to his replacement and we will be expecting Mr Lavery to work out his full notice period with no golden goodbye.""We will also be looking to continue to cut the overall Cornwall Council wage bill and will be asking for Kevin Lavery's successor to be appointed on a lower salary than is the case at the moment."The press office at Cornwall Council said it was unable to give any comment on the story.Has Kevin Lavery been good for Cornwall? Vote in the poll to the right of this article.