'Fatcat' boss Andrew Kerr named as new Cornwall Council chief executive
Cornwall Council is expected to have a new chief executive who will come from Cardiff.
Andrew Kerr, currently chief operating officer at Cardiff Council has been chosen to take the top job on a salary of £158,000-£176,000, subject to a full council vote next week.
Mr Kerr previously hit the national headlines as a “fatcat” boss after news of a six-figure pay-off emerged from his £183,000 a year job as chief executive of Wiltshire Council.
The chief executive post at Cornwall Council became vacant when Kevin Lavery announced he was leaving to move to New Zealand.
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A panel of councillors has been considering the field of candidates over the last two days before deciding on Mr Kerr.
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.”
Mr Lavery was on a salary of £200,000 a year before leaving. His deputy, Paul Masters, has been standing in as interim chief executive since January. Mr Masters is also understood to have been considered for the chief executive role.
The panel’s recommendation will be considered by all members at a meeting of full council on Tuesday.
Mr Kerr received a £144,000 redundancy package from Wiltshire Council in October 2011, having worked for the authority for 18 months.
He then started working in Cardiff in March 2012 as chief operating officer on £140,000 a year.
When Mr Kerr started at Cardiff he told staff: "I am really looking forward to driving improvement in our services and helping to transform the council so that it delivers on its aim to be the best in Europe."