New coun­cil chief exec’s four jobs rolled into one

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

Tracey Kerly has been con­firmed as the new in­terim chief ex­ec­u­tive of Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil (ABC).

ABC’s for­mer hous­ing di­rec­tor will also take on the roles of head of paid ser­vice, re­turn­ing of­fi­cer and elec­toral reg­is­tra­tion of­fi­cer.

She re­places for­mer chief ex­ec­u­tive, John Bun­nett, who anounced his in­ten­tion to leave ABC last Novem­ber to take up a pri­vate sec­tor job with the Brett Group.

Mr Bun­nett, who had been at the helm of ABC for six years, was paid £117,000 a year.

It is un­known how much Mrs Kerly, whose ap­point­ment was rat­i­fied at last Thurs­day’s full coun­cil meet­ing, will be paid.

Mrs Kerly, who had most re­cently been the coun­cil’s op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor, has been ap­pointed ini­tially for two years.

The coun­cil 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 rec­om­men­da­tion to ap­point Tracey Kerly as

Tracey Kerly, Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil’s new in­terim chief chief ex­ec­u­tive 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.”

Mrs Kerly said: “I’m de­lighted to take up this po­si­tion. The town cen­tre de­vel­op­ments com­ing for­ward have amaz­ing po­ten­tial and will pro­vide a com­bi­na­tion of new jobs, homes and leisure fa­cil­i­ties – ex­actly what the town needs.”

Mrs Kerly, who is mar­ried with two adult chil­dren, has pre­vi­ously been ABC’s head of cus­tomers, homes and prop­erty. She has worked in hous­ing since 1981, start­ing her ca­reer as a hous­ing man­age­ment trainee in Brom­ley.

She joined ABC in 1988, and has been closely in­volved in the de­liv­ery of new homes through PFI, over­see­ing the Stan­hope re­gen­er­a­tion pro­ject, work­ing with hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion part­ners and de­vel­op­ing ru­ral hous­ing schemes.

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