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£200,000 golden goodbye for former Isles of Scilly Council chief executive
7:00am Friday 16th August 2013 in News
The chief executive of the Isles of Scilly Council, who served for 20 years, received a golden goodbye worth more than £200,000 when he retired in January.
Philip Hygate, who has been handed more than £10,000 pounds for every year he was in the high paying post, took early retirement on the ground of "efficency", amid rows about his management style and the treatment of Five Island School headteacher Bryce Wilby.
Mr Hygate had also been suspended over "employment issues". He denied any wrongdoing.
The council said: "The draft statement of accounts that was published on Friday 28 June gave the details of the former chief executive settlement.
"It was approved at a meeting of full council in December 2012, and their decision was taken with advice supplied by experts, including the Local Government Association and specialist employment lawyers."
The controversy over the treatment of Mr Wilby followed Mr Hygate asking Cornwall Council for advice on suspending the headteacher in advance of the school's governors being made aware of any problems.
Mr Wilby was suspended over alleged financial irregularities, which he strenously denied.