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Cornwall Council chief executive Kevin Lavery 'will resign to go to New Zealand'

By WBMiles  |  Posted: December 20, 2012

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Kevin Lavery, chief executive of Cornwall Council, will be leaving his post to take up a new job in New Zealand, it has been reported.

Mr Lavery, who has led Cornwall Council since it was launched in 2009, will be taking up a new job as chief executive of Wellington City Council, according to a New Zealand newspaper.

The Dominion Post reported: "In a closed-door meeting on Wednesday night, councillors spent three hours debating the appointment of Kevin Lavery, who will receive a salary of $420,000. Councillors interviewed four people for the position on Monday, after deciding in August to advertise the position."

The former chief executive of Wellington, Garry Poole, also applied for the job according to the Dominion Post, but was unsuccessful.

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Mr Lavery was seen as the driving force behind proposals to part-privatise council services in Cornwall. The proposals were turned down by councillors in a chain of events that saw leader Alec Robertson ousted.
Jeremy Rowe, leader of the opposition Liberal Democrat group at Cornwall Council, said he was grateful to Mr Lavery for his work in Cornwall.He said: ""Liberal Democrats will be seeking to ensure that there is a smooth transition to his replacement and we will be expecting Mr Lavery to work out his full notice period with no golden goodbye.""We will also be looking to continue to cut the overall Cornwall Council wage bill and will be asking for Kevin Lavery's successor to be appointed on a lower salary than is the case at the moment."The press office at Cornwall Council said it was unable to give any comment on the story.Has Kevin Lavery been good for Cornwall? Vote in the poll to the right of this article.

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  • KGeesaid01  |  August 29 2013, 11:50AM

    I pity the people of Wellington, they will soon be feeling the detrimental influence of Kevin Lavery. I hope they don't become vindictive and malicious as he has left the staff culture in our council. I feel sympathy for the council staff that have been left behind. I hope they can pick up the pieces and start the healing process. The people of Cornwall may not show it, but they need you to become a healthy, professional functioning council once again.

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  • yveyk  |  December 24 2012, 9:07AM

    Cornwall Council has been mismanaged for years. They rode roughshod over the electorate when they turned it into one authority despite the voters not wanting to! They have effectively been governing Cornwall without a mandate for years. And as for Highways that is Cormac who think they can spend any amount of money on nefarious schemes, they need to get back to what they should be doing and that is repairing the roads. This weekend I have been to Bude and Saltash both down the A388 and there are masses of potholes etc in both directions - again.

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  • poldice  |  December 21 2012, 5:09PM

    You have a very valid point there caroclemens, why on earth cannot Cornwall Council develop its own pool of talent out of the nucleus of commited talented home bred staff that undoubtedly already stalk the corridors of Lys Kernow. This latent talent has in the recent past invariably been sidelined in favour of rootless uncommitted carpetbaggers like Healy and Lavery who use Cornwall to leapfrog up the greasy pole that career civil servants aspire to entirely in their own self interest. That self interest is invariably diametrically opposed to the best long term interests of the people of Cornwall who are the ones who pay and who really matter but who seem to be of low priority to those arguably traitorous but certainly inept, gulliable councillors charged with the selection of senior officers who invariably seem to be mesmerised by the blow ins.

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  • caroclemens  |  December 21 2012, 4:01PM

    Why do we continue to appoint career civil servants who use Cornwall as a stepping stone? They bring received wisdoms that don't fit, stay just long enough to find out enough basic facts about Cornwall to function, then leave. Bring back our own talent and tell NZ to do the same.

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  • Gurnards_Head  |  December 21 2012, 1:46PM

    How refreshing to have such good news hot on the heels of the surgical removal of his glove puppet Robertson, Mr Lavery is to cut and run, I realy did think when he was appointed that he might just cut the mustard but subsequently he has proven to be a great disappointment. Unfortunately career orientated C/V building gadflys of Lavery's ilk have no loyalty whatsoever to anyone but themselves and their own advancement albeit in this case sideways because he had probably run out of road in the UK given the current lack of better prospects in his narrow sector. It is taken as read that the Chief Executive will work his full perion of notice and that no gratuity whatsoever will be paid on termination of his period of notice. Another question springs to mind, presumably Mr Lavery had to "slip" away to Wellington for an interview I hope he did not do so at Cornwall Council taxpayers expense in the form of a "fact finding visit" perhaps someone at Lys Kernow could be asked clarify this query?

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  • josdave  |  December 21 2012, 1:35PM

    What's the betting he gets a huge payout for what was only 3 years "work". It seems too commonplace these days just look at the BBC paying out huge sums for failures. The banks are no better their failed executives getting more as a payout than their customers, who clearly don't matter, than most people earn in a lifetime. The culture of rewarding failure at the top is one of the main reasons why the "them and us" attitude is getting worse.

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  • TheGeofflane  |  December 21 2012, 12:18PM

    It's normal at the top levels of local government: never stay in post long enough for the chickens to come home to roost and ALWAYS get a 'golden goodbye'. I wonder who will pay his removal expenses? To travel 12,000 miles makes me wonder what next Spring will bring.

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  • poldice  |  December 21 2012, 8:01AM

    Rats leaving a sinking ship? not really because this particular old ship whilst battered by financial storms and navigated by incompetent officers remains remarkably bouyant... the owners... the Cornish electorate and enough of their sane sensible representatives have merely instigated a long overdue shake out at Lys Kernow. The heat has been turned up, Robertson was sacrificed but it would appear that Mr Lavery who having come close to messing Cornwall up (I would use a stronger euphenism if allowed to) is now off to mess Wellington NZ up, having already read the runes and devised an escape route. It is presumed that this most welcome resignation will not trigger a massive golden goodbye, hopefully given the bracing wind of change at Lys Kernow a replacement will be found who will run Cornwall under the direction of its elected representatives in a businesslike productive manner in return for an acceptable renumeration package. It will hopefully be a case of third time lucky after the disastrous Healey and Lavery tenures, this time it is absolutely imperativer that Cornwall Council gets it right. I cannot think of a better Christmas present for the Cornish People than the departure of Mr Lavery for the Antipodes.

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  • chez7  |  December 21 2012, 5:20AM

    I am an expat and live in Wellington and from what I have read we dont want this Lavatory here thanks you can keep him ,also how is he going to get his residents permit and work visa so fast he will have to come over on a work to residence permit which takes up to 2 yrs to get a full permit,hopefuly he wont last that long .

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  • twain1  |  December 20 2012, 10:55PM

    #Time for a stupid comment: ''I wonder if Lavery's replacement, who we shall call Lavery Mark 2, is in favour of wholesale privatisation via BT? Lol. Only problem it's Lol at our expense.

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