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Casualties of 2011

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LGC’s rundown of local authority chief executives that were axed during 2011.

Andrea Hill formally left Suffolk CC in July after tabloid interest in her management style and £200,000+ salary redlined for weeks. The council said an independent inquiry had found no evidence to support allegations of bullying and harassment on her part. Deborah Cadman, chief executive of EEDA, was announced as her replacemen three months later.

After quitting as an MP to become the first elected mayor of Leicester, Sir Peter Soulsby (Lab) moved fast to abolish the post of chief executive of Leicester City Council, costing Sheila Lock her job. It made Leicester the first unitary council to put communities secretary Eric Pickles’ suggestion that councils did not need a leader and chief to the test.

Hot on the heels of Leicester, Wiltshire Council deleted chief executive Andrew Kerr’s post in October. Local media reports suggested Mr Kerr would receive a £160,000 redundancy payment and three month’s salary in lieu of notice.

Telford & Wrekin Council agreed to part company with chief executive Victor Brownlees following its return to Labour control in May’s local elections. Richard Partington was promoted to interim chief executive to oversee a review of senior management.

Conwy CBC chief executive Byron Davies stood down “by mutual agreement” in June after being suspended and investigated for allegations of gross misconduct - including claims of giving misleading evidence, concerns about bullying staff, and of conducting civic business in pubs.

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