Director moves up ladder to top job
The top spot at Ashford Borough Council (ABC) is to be filled by the authority’s former housing director, Tracey Kerly.
Mrs Kerly is set to take over as the new Interim Chief Executive, Head of Paid Service, Returning Officer and Electoral Registration Officer.
The position has been empty since former chief executive John Bunnett resigned in November, leaving the post for a new private sector job.
Mr Bunnett had been at the helm of ABC for six years, earning £117,000 a year.
It is not yet known exactly how much Mrs Kerly will be paid.
Her a p p o i n t ment is expected to be ratified at tonight’s (Thursday) full council meeting.
Mrs Kerly, who is currently the council’s operations director, will hold the top title for up to two years.
The council report says her appointment is temporary to allow time to make any management structure changes and as a money-saver.
The last chief executive recruitment cost the council £40,000 for advertising, consultants, head-hunting, long listing, shortlisting and selection exercises.
Cllr Gerry Clarkson, ABC leader, said: “The Council has a good reputation with residents, businesses and potential inward investors.
“Much of this is as a result of strong and consistent member and officer leadership.
“The recommendation to temporarily appoint an internal candidate into the chief executive role helps to ensure we maintain a steady course to achieving our objectives whilst also recognising the external environment is changing.
“This will provide the organisation with the ability to respond appropriately as the future becomes clearer.”