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Pendle scraps chief post

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Pendle BC is to go ‘chiefless’ with the voluntary redundancy of its £85,000-a-year chief executive Stephen Barnes, who has worked for the council since its inception in 1974.

A report from the council’s restructuring committee said he would receive a £53,872 payoff, having applied for voluntary redundancy ahead of a review of his post planned for next April.

There would be an overall £84,000 a year saving as the council has also decided to abolish the posts of deputy chief executive, held by Philip Mousdale, and head of central and regeneration services, held by Dean Langton.

These will be replaced by new positions of a £90,000-a-year strategic director and an £85,000-a-year corporate director, both ringfenced initially to the two men.

Pendle decided against sharing a chief executive with another council, a course the report said would save only £8,000 a year.

Council leader Joe Cooney (Con) said Pendle needed to save £4m over the next two years.

He said in a statement: “Stephen has done a brilliant job as chief executive; everyone across the council agrees on that.

“However, his post was due to be reviewed in April and we’ve taken the opportunity to streamline management and reduce costs.”

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