Gravesham council scrap shared chief executive

PUBLISHED: 14:52 08 October 2012

Gravesham council is reverting back to having a full-time chief executive but opposition councillors have criticised “throwing away” £80,000 a year on the role.

For the past year David Hughes has worked part-time in Gravesham, spending the rest of his time at Tonbridge and Malling council, with each contributing £59,000 to his salary.

The cost of appointing a full-time chief executive is estimated to be £150,030.

Leader John Burden justified the move at last week’s council meeting, saying: “We are getting into a situation of severe financial pressures. It’s important that we have proper management and strong leadership.”

Cllr Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi pointed out that Mr Hughes was not interested in the dual role anymore and Cllr Lee Croxton remarked: “He can’t tackle many issues because he has not got the time to do it.”

Several Conservatives councillors voiced their disapproval, accusing the council of wasting money when it was in short supply.

However the motion was passed and Mr Hughes will take up the full-time position in February.

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