Salary for KCC chief will be at least £153k

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPERATION STACK - by Paul Francis

A SALARY of at least £153,700 is on of­fer to the per­son who is re­cruited to take on the post of Kent County Coun­cil’s en­vi­ron­ment and re­gen­er­a­tion chief.

The job, which in­volves be­ing in charge of trans­port, plan­ning, the en­vi­ron­ment and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, will be­come va­cant in June when Peter Raine leaves the county coun­cil as its man­ag­ing di­rec­tor.

A re­cruit­ment com­pany ap­pointed by KCC to lead the search for his suc­ces­sor is ad­ver­tis­ing the post at a salary of £153,700.

But it holds out the prospect of even more for what is de­scribed as an “ex­cep­tional can­di­date”.

The earn­ings pack­age on of­fer could top £170,000 as it also in­cludes the prom­ise of a 15 per cent per­for­mance bonus.

Perks

Other perks in­clude the of­fer to pay for help find­ing a new home and a bridg­ing loan to help with re­lo­ca­tion costs.

The news comes af­ter it emerged that the county coun­cil has the high­est-paid chief ex­ec­u­tive in the coun­try.

Peter Gil­roy earned nearly £230,000 last year, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures re­leased un­der the Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act.

The job de­scrip­tion says that the suc­cess­ful can­di­date will be re­spon­si­ble for 700 staff and a bud­get of more than £200 mil­lion.

It states: “You will be com­mit­ted, re­silient and able to work across a num­ber of dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines. A sense of hu­mour also helps.”

Ear­lier this month, county coun­cil leader Paul Carter strongly de­fended the salaries of KCC’s se­nior ex­ec­u­tives.

He said: “Kent County Coun­cil is a mas­sive or­gan­i­sa­tion with mas­sive re­spon­si­bil­ity. I think that quite rightly Kent needs to at­tract the very best peo­ple to run and be re­spon­si­ble for ser­vices.”

Kent needs to at­tract the very best peo­ple to run and be re­spon­si­ble for ser­vices

Peter Raine

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