Sunday, 26 June 2011

£400K payout to former West Sussex County Council chief

A council boss was handed almost £400,000 of taxpayers’ money to walk away from his job, new figures have revealed.

West Sussex County Council has finally revealed how much was paid to former chief executive Mark Hammond, who left his role in September amid claims of a row with the council leader.

Opposition councillors have condemned the Tory administration’s reluctance to reveal the figures earlier and claimed the level of compensation was “ridiculous” given how quickly Mr Hammond took up a new £130,000 post at a quango.

Lib Dem councillor James Walsh described Mr Hammond’s pay-off as “a disgraceful waste of money”.

Mr Hammond, who was one of the country’s highest paid council bosses, was appointed chief executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission earlier this month.

My comment: The gravy train goes round and round for public authorities/quangos senior officers.

Read the full story from the source The Argus

UPDATE 27th June 2011: Councillors in West Sussex have condemned £1.5m paid in redundancy and compensation to five senior officers.

Read the full story from the source BBC News

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