Chief's move to NZ
MOVING Cornwall Council's chief executive to a new post in New Zealand will cost more than £21,000 ($40,000), it has been revealed.
Kevin Lavery, the current chief executive of Cornwall Council, will move to a new job as chief executive of Wellington City Council at the end of the month.
Flying Mr Lavery out for an interview in New Zealand also came at a cost of more than £6,590 ($12,000).
And a clause in Mr Lavery's new contract means he will receive up to £109,000 ($200,000) in a "golden parachute" payment if he ends up losing his job in a reorganisation of Wellington's administration.
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All the details have been revealed following an official information request by the New Zealand paper, the Dominion Post.
Mr Lavery will be on a salary of £218,000 ($400,000).
Wellington councillor John Morrison told the newspaper: "We've got a new CEO from Cornwall, and we don't know what we're getting. He's cost us a bomb to get, and he'll cost us a bomb if he goes."
A Wellington City Council spokesperson told the Dominion Post the costs were to be expected as part of an international recruitment process.
The decision to fly Mr Lavery over was made after an initial interview was conducted via Skype. It was important for councillors to meet him in person, and for him to visit the city, Celia Wade-Brown, Mayor of Wellington, said. Ms Wade-Brown said the relocation cost was based on "reasonable" amounts as indicated by recruitment agencies.