The new top officer at Norfolk County Council will be known as a managing director, with a basic salary of up to £40,000 a year less than the current chief executive.

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As part of a council review ordered by the controlling Conservative cabinet, chief executive David White, who is on a basic annual salary of £205,322 plus £31,800 pension contributions annually, has recommended that he leaves the authority in April.

He said it had become “crystal clear” he lacked the skills the authority needed to become more commercially minded in an environment where government grants were dwindling and councils were expected to find ways to generate their own income.

On Monday, Norfolk county councillors will be asked to agree the post of chief executive in its current format should be made redundant, with effect from April 6, 2013.

If a report drawn up by officers is approved, that will see the chief executive post replaced with a new managing director role – with a salary scale from £165,000 to £180,000.

That report, drawn up by head of human resources Anne Gibson and head of law Victoria McNeill, states that: “Overall, a clear downward shift is taking place in the market for senior leadership roles, and public perception of value for money in the current climate is playing a strong part in that.”

They recommend a starting basic salary of £165,000, with progression up to £180,000 subject to “good performance against specified annual objectives”.

The cost of Mr White’s redundancy would be £35,439.75, which equates to nine weeks pay and which has been calculated in accordance with the county council’s redundancy policy.

Mr White would also get £44,752.79 paid immediately into his pension and officers say the costs would be “offset by any reduction in the present remuneration for the role”.

At Monday’s meeting of the full council, members will also be asked to put in place the arrangements for recruiting a new managing director.

That is likely to see consultants brought in to come up with a list of candidates, aiming to get the new managing director in place following the May elections.

dan.grimmer@archant.co.uk

7 comments

  • The man was failure before and after taking this job,rewarded with a million pound pension pot funded by the hard pressed taxpayer.

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    nrg

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • This old salary is obscene..£100.000 per annum more than the prime minister!!...It can't be justified. If it was a profit making business and the money was earned by sales perhaps but not for the council. The new salary is about the same as Cameron, When it comes to councils ...The term 'couldn't organise a '**** up at a brewery' come's to mind.

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    musicman

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • musicman, don't feel too sorry for DaveCam. Think of the expense claims and other gratuities. Instead of wasting his time with duck houses or other nonsense that would excite Telegraph headline writers, both he and his mate Osbo paid off their tiny mortgages and maxed out on a new £250,000 mortgage to be paid off by - you guessed it - the taxpayer. And its all within the rules! The salary reduction looks good in the court of public opinion, but to be truly commercial the subsequent multi million pound bonuses and Norse share options might raise some eyebrows.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • We're all in this together. Why not just sack the guy? This £80k - that's a few potholes fixed! "it had become “crystal clear” he lacked the skills the authority needed" "The cost of Mr White’s redundancy would be £35,439.75, which equates to nine weeks pay and which has been calculated in accordance with the county council’s redundancy policy. Mr White would also get £44,752.79 paid immediately into his pension ... "

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    F G HOB

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • Wouldn't it be just great if the normal working man could just recommend themselves for redundancy when they feel like it? Just why are these people so damned privileged?

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    John L Norton

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • If the County Council is to have a Managing Director then what form is the company to take? Will it be a public limited company with share ownership? A partnership? A private company, if so who are the owners? I think once again the pea brains at the County Council haven't thought this one through because if it is a company and continues to run as badly as it has been someone is going to force it into public administration or bankruptcy.

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    Electra

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • Derrick Murphy, leader of Norfolk County Council, said in August 2011. Mr White was worth his pay packet,Mr Murphy added Mr White’s experience as former chief executive of Suffolk Health Authority would prove invaluable when the county council takes on the public health role of care trusts once those trusts are phased out by 2013. Not that invaluable then?

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    theanchovy

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

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