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Savings revealed as chief waives privacy rights

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Troubled Isle of Anglesey CC is set to save more than £150,000 a year when it fixes a salary for new interim chief executive Richard Parry Jones.

Mr Parry Jones has waived any right to keep details of his salary private as he “wishes all these matters to be open and transparent”, a report to the council’s appointments committee said.

It also expects to save a further £170,000 a year by ceasing to pay councillors any special responsibility allowances now that commissioners are running the council.

The Welsh Assembly Government appointed commissioners to take over the council in March following chaotic political infighting, a damning audit report and a plea from interim managing director David Bowles.

He had been installed by the assembly government in 2009 following earlier turmoil, and left this month after making stinging criticisms of the conduct of some councillors

Papers for the committee show that Mr Parry Jones will be paid on a scale of £100,000 to £120,000 as interim chief. The title ‘managing director’ is being changed to ‘chief executive’ on the grounds that this is more widely understood.

Once a permanent chief executive is found, they will be paid on a scale £10,000 higher at both ends, and Mr Parry Jones will revert to his previous job of director of education and leisure.

Although his appointment is ‘until further notice’ the committee report contains a recommendation to advertise for a permanent chief.

The council said it had budgeted for £275,000 if it had continued to employ Mr Bowles through Solace Enterprises, including employment costs.

Its last permanent managing director, Derrick Jones, who left in 2009 after yet another bout of quarrelling among councillors, was on scale now worth £91,218 to £100,326, the report said.

Anglesey was described at that time by the Association of Local Authority Chief Executives as presenting any chief with “exceptionally challenging political arrangements”.

 

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