Cornwall Council closer to appointing new chief executive on six-figure salary
Cornwall Council is a step closer to having a new chief executive to follow in the footsteps of Kevin Lavery.
The successful applicant for the six-figure salary is expected to be unveiled later this month.
Paul Masters, previously assistant chief executive, is currently running affairs as the interim chief executive.
Cornwall Council will not reveal Mr Masters’ exact salary but said it was between £158,000 and £175,000, less than his former boss Mr Lavery who was on £200,000 a year.
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Mr Masters is understood to be one of the applicants for the chief executive position.
The selection and appointment of chief officers panel held a private meeting on September 26 to establish the longlist of applicants. The panel will meet again on October 10 to decide who has made it through to the shortlist.
The level of pay for the new chief executive has not yet been made public.
Cornwall Council is currently looking at ways of trying to save an extra £24million a year through measures such as cutting bus services, reducing library hours and closing care homes.
A spokesman for the council said: “There are several stages to the process with the final decision on who to appoint expected to be ratified by full council in October.
“In the interests of fairness and confidentiality we will not be making any further comments until the appointment has been made.”
Mr Lavery left Cornwall Council after a row over privatisation of services to take up a NZ$400,000 (£203,350)-a-year post as chief executive of Wellington City Council, New Zealand.