Di­rec­tor moves up lad­der to top job

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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.”

Tracey Kerly

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