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Mid Sussex deputy made chief

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Mid Sussex DC has appointed deputy chief executive Kathryn Hall to be its next chief in a move that will save more than £150,000 a year.

LGC revealed yesterday that councillors were poised to decide against an external recruitment and appoint Ms Hall, who has been acting chief executive since the end of June.

Leader Garry Wall (Con) said the plan was to delete the £94,000 deputy chief executive role and have Ms Hall combine the responsibilities of both positions.

The council has also reduced the chief executive’s salary from the £138,000 which John Jory, who is now chief executive at Reigate & Banstead BC, received to £105,000. Ms Hall is set to receive an extra £7,000, taking her salary to £112,000, in recognition of the deputy responsibilities she will continue to carry out.

Cllr Wall said her first task would be to review the wider management structure and look for additional savings.

Ms Hall, left, has been with Mid Sussex since 2005. She joined as corporate strategic director after four years as head of corporate policy and communications at Elmbridge BC in Surrey.

Before that she was head of policy coordination at East Sussex BC and previously worked for public bodies including Manchester City Council and Lancashire Constabulary.

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