The Conservative-led authority is forking out £15,500-a-month plus expenses for Malcolm Vede, interim assistant director for in-house provider services, who was recruited last April.
The package far outstrips the near £150,000 salary of the county council's chief executive Phil Norrey who took a pay cut amid calls for restraint on packages for county hall bosses. Political opponents said the spending was "outrageous" and would anger taxpayers.
Coun Barker confirmed that the fee paid to the recruitment agency was £750 per day and that the total bill over the last 15 months was £232,500.
He added: "In addition a contribution towards accommodation of £800 per month is paid (£12,080 for the above period).
"Other payments made during this period are in respect of travel costs whist on Devon County Council business (£2,225) and a one-off fee for securing accommodation (£223).
My comment: Total cost for 15 months? £232,500 + £12,080 + £2,225 + £223 = an eye watering £247,028
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