Top job at council cut to £160,000

A salary limit of £160,000 will not hinder the recruitment of a new chief executive for Suffolk County Council, according to a district and county councillor.

The authority’s staff appointments committee decided on the figure as a maximum last week, with applications for the role invited from Tuesday.

Councillor Peter Beer, from Broom Street in Great Cornard, said: “I am quite convinced that we will get somebody that is prepared to come and do it for wages of that scale.

“We decided that the present times and climate didn’t warrant paying what were, in my opinion, exorbitant wages for a chief executive.

“There are people out there who have come from other councils and industries who are quite capable of applying for this job and are not expecting those wages.”

The salary, which will be one of the lowest for the position in the country, will not include performance-related benefits and is £60,000 per year less than the amount paid to former chief executive Andrea Hill.

For full story see last week’s Free Press.