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Suffolk post draws attention despite 25% pay cut

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A number of names have already been linked with the vacant chief executive’s position at Suffolk CC – despite the post being advertised 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 chief executive’s salary before Ms Hill agreed to stand down.

The advert went out last week and candidates have been given just a fortnight to submit applications ahead of preliminary interviews on 6 October and final interviews on 19 October.

Names linked with the vacancy include Stephen Baker who is joint chief executive of Suffolk Coastal and Waveney DCs. He has overseen the administrative merger of the two organisations and has previously worked with Suffolk leader Mark Bee (Con) who was leader of Waveney until May this year.

Another rumoured candidate who has also worked with Cllr Bee is Deborah Cadman OBE, chief executive of the soon to be defunct East of England Development Agency.

She was chief executive of St Edmunsbury BC and took on the same role at Waveney after chief executive Glen Garrod left following a critical 2007 Audit Commission report.

Her career also includes roles at Newham LBC and Birmingham City Council as well as the Department for Environment, Transport and the Regions and the Audit Commission.

Current interim chief executive of Suffolk, Lucy Robinson, could also make a bid for the job on a permanent basis. She was previously the council’s director for economy, skills and environment since 2002 before she took the interim post on a salary of £150,000.

The advert 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”.

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