The West Midlands Combined Authority has broken its salary cap to recruit Deborah Cadman as its first permanent chief executive.
The CA had proposed to pay the successful candidate between £160,000 and £180,000 when it advertised the role.
However, the CA agreed on Friday it would pay Ms Cadman, who currently earns £170,000 as Suffolk CC chief executive, £187,500 following her appointment last month.
In a report which went before the CA’s executive it said: “The £7,500 above budget can be accommodated within the overall budget of the combined authority.”
The salary makes Ms Cadman the highest paid mayoral combined authority chief executive so far.
Research by LGC in April this year found Greater Manchester CA boss Eamonn Boylan is paid £180,000 while Tees Valley’s managing director Andrew Lewis earns £135,000 per annum. Cambridgeshire & Peterborough CA chief executive Martin Whiteley, whose appointment was announced last month, will receive £150,000.
Liverpool City Region and West of England CAs are yet to appoint permanent chief executives.
As Ms Cadman’s salary is “higher than the substantive pay range there will be no automatic increase in base pay”, the report said, however she will be entitled to any national or regional pay increases agreed by the joint national council for chief officers.
The report also revealed Ms Cadman was one of two candidates interviewed by West Midlands mayor Andy Street (Con) and the leaders of the seven constituent members of the CA on 23 June. That panel “unanimously agreed” to offer Ms Cadman the role, it said.