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LGA chief ‘has no job protection’

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Applicants for the top job at the Local Government Association will have no statutory protection in the event of a fall-out with their political masters, the council chief executives’ union has warned.

While no formal announcement had been made before LGC went to press, severance negotiations between the LGA and suspended chief executive Paul Coen have concluded with agreement reached on a compensation package.

The association’s deputy chief executive John Ransford is expected to take over in the short term, with LGA sources tipping him to be in place for a year.

Details of Mr Coen’s package are subject to a confidentiality agreement. However, Alistair Robertson, honorary secretary of the Association of Local Authority Chief Executives, said Mr Coen’s negotiating strength had been compromised as the protection normally enjoyed by council chief executives did not apply to the LGA.

“Anybody thinking of taking the job should think about the nature of the contract and the terms on which they would be leaving if it didn’t work out,” he said.

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