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New chief on one third less than predecessor

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Pembrokeshire CC’s new chief executive is set to be paid one third less than his predecessor.

The council has offered the post to Ian Westley, who has been acting head of paid service since the departure last October of Bryn Parry-Jones, with a salary of £130,000.

Councillors had wanted to pay £145,000 a year to attract suitable candidates, but were overruled by the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales. The panel said the sum was excessive and insisted on £130,000, which is close to the Welsh chief executive average.

Mr Parry-Jones was among the UK’s highest-paid council chief executives with Pembrokeshire’s statement of accounts for 2013-14 showing he received £193,136 in salary and £11,659 in benefits in kind.

Councillors passed a no confidence vote in him last autumn and he was the subject of two police investigations after a Wales Audit Office report in January 2014 found he had been paid an unlawful pension supplement. The police found no evidence of criminal behaviour.

Mr Westley joined Pembrokeshire in 2003 as director of transportation, housing and environment, having previously been assistant director of technical services with the City & County of Swansea Council.

 

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