Relocation costs of more than £20,000 for Cornwall Council chief executive, Kevin Lavery
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 re-organisation of Wellington's administration.
The costs will all be met by taxpayers in New Zealand after Mr Lavery leaves his £190,000 a year post in Cornwall.
All of the details have been revealed in the New Zealand newspaper, The Dominion Post, following an official information request.
Mr Lavery will be on an annual salary of £218,000 ($400,000).
Wellington councillor John Morrison told the paper: "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 said 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, according to The Dominion Post. It was important for councillors to meet him in person, and for him to visit the city, Ms Wade-Brown said.
Dr Lavery is also entitled to claim up to £21,900 ($40,000) for relocation costs for him and his family. Celia Wade-Brown, Mayor of Wellington, said that was based on "reasonable" amounts as indicated by recruitment agencies.
The appointment comes as the Greater Wellington region is in the midst of debate over whether some, or all, councils should amalgamate - a move that could potentially make Mr Lavery's position redundant before his five-year contract ends in 2018.