Cornwall Council’s controversial chief executive, ex-Serco and BT exec Kevin Lavery, is to leave his post after just four years for a $420,000 per annum job in New Zealand.
Lavery held his post through some of the most severe cost-cutting the Duchy has ever seen.
He was instrumental in the recent ‘council privatisation’ scandal, which ended in a Town Hall revolt that claimed Tory leader Alec Robertsons scalp.
The former Corporation man would – had councillors not risen up against an attempt to bulldoze through the measures, have overseen the outsourcing of a vast range of council services to a private firm, probably his old outfit BT.
The move failed, and now Lavery’s accepted a significant pay cut of $56,000 to leave and move to Wellington, New Zealand’s lively capital.
Kiwi media gave our Kevin a fairly robust introduction.
Under the headline ‘Council chooses slash and burn CEO’ the Dominion Post focused on Lavery’s ‘ousting’ of ‘long term incumbent’ Gary Poole.
Reporter Katie Chapman announced to readers “An Englishman with a reputation for cost-cutting has been picked as chief executive of Wellington City Council.”
She revealed councillors chose Lavery in a ‘closed doors meeting’ and stressed how the public and staff were chucked out of the building while it took place.
Mr Lavery hasn’t confirmed his departure and neither have the council.
Lib Dem opposition leader Cllr Jeremy Rowe said: “It’s disappointing that Kevin Lavery is leaving before the job is finished and at a time when the council is facing its biggest challenges yet.”
“Liberal Democrats will be seeking to ensure that there is a smooth transition to his replacement and
“We will be expecting Mr Lavery to work out his full notice period with no golden goodbye.”
“We will also be looking to continue to cut the overall Cornwall Council wage bill and be asking for his successor to receive a lower salary.”
He added: “Kevin Lavery did an immense amount to make the new unitary authority work. He has overseen the transition from seven councils into one and ensured that savings were made to protect front line services.”
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