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Search narrows as Cornwall Council close to finding new chief executive
7:00am Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
A small panel of Cornwall councillors meets today (Thursday) to take the next steps in appointing a new chief executive.
The council has been without a permanent boss since Kevin Lavery quit in February, moving to a new post in New Zealand. Paul Masters has been acting as interim chief executive since then and is expected to be a candidate for the job.
For the previous four years Mr Masters had been Mr Lavery's right-hand man, working as assistant chief executive.
The new chief executive’s job has a salary of between £158,000 and £175,000. It was advertised on the council’s website last month.
Mr Lavery’s basic annual salary had been £210,000. With pension, the total cost to the taxpayer had been £230,000.
Tomorrow’s meeting, to be chaired by Truro Conservative councillor Fiona Ferguson, is to consider a shortlist of applicants.
Mr Masters’s interim appointment was supposed to have been for only six months, but because of the need to give up to three months’ notice, any new boss from outside of the council is unlikely to be in place until after Christmas, meaning the council would have been without a permanent chief executive for almost a year.
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