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Search for Hill's replacement underway

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Suffolk CC has launched the hunt for its next chief executive – at a considerably lower salary than predecessor Andrea Hill.

The salary quoted in the job advertisement on the Suffolk jobs website has a ceiling of £160,000 – around 75% of the package paid to Ms Hill, right.

It says members are seeking “an exceptional chief executive to provide the leadership, vision and determination to take Suffolk CC through the next phase and to deliver their future vision based on excellent, cost efficient services, partnership working and listening to the people of Suffolk”.

It goes on: “As chief executive, you will bring significant experience and a proven track record of strategic leadership and delivery in large complex organisations. Just as importantly you will have the creativity and determination to get things done. You will be able to work in partnership, to inspire and be able to ‘take people with you’.

“A major role both in scale and challenge this appointment also presents the successful candidate with the reward of taking a major authority to a new phase in its existence and contributing to the wider transformation of the local government sector.”

Leader Mark Bee (Con) said: “Suffolk is a special place and its residents have a clear set of values. We are looking for someone who can understand those values and is committed to delivering good quality services.”

The closing date for applications is 26 September, with preliminary interviews scheduled for 6 October and final interviews on 19 October.

Suffolk appointed Lucy Robinson as interim chief following the departure of Ms Hill in July.

Ms Robinson, who has been director for economy, skills and environment at the council since 2002, was given an initial six-month contract, on a salary of £150,000 pro rata and began the role on 1 August.

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