Cornwall Council has been accused of "squandering" £2,000 a day on the interim chairman of a new business quango.
Sir John Banham worked for 22 days for the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) at a cost to the council of £45,000.
The figures, revealed in a Freedom of Information request, were criticised by Liberal Democrat councillor Ann Kerridge.
Sir John's work for the LEP included putting together draft documents on housing, renewable energy and dredging Falmouth harbour.
But his vision was rejected by some business leaders and he is now to have an unpaid "ambassadorial" role instead.
The council said it had got a discount off Sir John's usual £4,000 daily rate.
My comment: Public Authorities know how to spin the news of them wasting council taxpayer's money don't they, 'it could have been worse we should have paid him £88,000'.
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