Council chief’s redundancy cash set aside

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BABERGH District Council is setting aside £186,000 for capitalised redundancy costs arising from the appointment of a new single chief executive for Babergh and Mid Suffolk council.

The revised capital budget includes redundancy for outgoing chief executive Pat Rockall and includes pension costs, the council confirmed.

Mrs Rockall, 56, who has been chief executive at Babergh for 12 years, is leaving the council in mid-May. Last year she earned £115,688.

The move is as a result of the councils agreeing to merge and appointing one single chief executive working for the two authorities. Mid Suffolk’s chief executive Andrew Good is also being made redundant.

The new chief executive of both councils is Charlie Adan who starts work in mid-May. She started her career as a lawyer and has more than 17 years’ experience in local government, most recently in Herefordshire.

Her annual salary will be £111,467.