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Kevin Lavery, Cornwall Council chief executive, confirms offer of New Zealand job

By WBMiles  |  Posted: December 21, 2012

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  • Kevin Lavery, chief executive of Cornwall Council, has confirmed he has been offered a post as chief executive of Wellington City Council in New Zealand.

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The Chief Executive of Cornwall Council Kevin Lavery has confirmed that he has been offered the post of Chief Executive at Wellington City Council but says that he has not yet made a decision on whether to take the role. 

"I have enjoyed my time as the Chief Executive of Cornwall Council and will be sorry to leave the authority and Cornwall" he said.  "I now need to consider the terms of the offer very carefully and discuss this with my family before making a final decision". 

"I will be spending the next few days considering this offer and hope to make an announcement early next week."

The confirmation comes after a period of confusion as County Hall could neither confirm nor deny numerous media reports that Mr Lavery had taken the new post in New Zealand.

Several councillors said they were first made aware of the possible departure of the £200,000 a year chief executive when contacted by the press.

The news broke yesterday afternoon that Mr Lavery had been offered the top job at Wellington, the capital of New Zealand.

The post carries a salary of $420,000 NZ dollars - equivalent to £215,000.

Jeremy Rowe, leader of the Liberal Democrat opposition party at Cornwall Council said the important thing now was to ensure that there was no "golden goodbye" if Mr Lavery did take up the new post.

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  • CornishZombie  |  December 21 2012, 6:19PM

    Don't let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya!

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  • poldice  |  December 21 2012, 5:44PM


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  • eu_blues  |  December 21 2012, 12:10PM

    And what do you think this will do to the overall "grand scheme" of things at Cornwall Council? Mr. Lavery's departure won't alter a single thing. He's a figure head, just like Mr. Robertson was. Just a hate figure paid an awful lot of money. It won't matter whether you have a local man or an outside man, the CC will still carry on its objectives. And people will still be moaning about CC in the forseeable future.

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  • shagrats  |  December 21 2012, 12:03PM

    He has accepted, its reported in the wellington newspapers. "Oh and this has got nothing to do with the fact that the JV / Shared services deal that he had nothing to do with, fell on its Azz. I'm thinking we are seeing his true colours, taking the money when he gets his way, but when he has to actually act like a public servant and do as the public wills, then he's off. And I expect with a massive package of golden handshakes to help him go, even if he did quit himself. Please Please Please CC employ someone who is rooted in this county, who cares about cornwall and the CC and the services it supplys. You are not a multinational investment bank, the council is a public service that should be in the buisness of providing the bread and butter services that we all rely on. Keep it simple and dont pay the boss a insulting amount of public money." .

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  • Dantwo  |  December 21 2012, 11:48AM

    I won't start cheering this sudden departure until I see the terms of the 'goodbye' package. I expect, if and when Cornish ratepayers are told (and remember we were never told what the previous CEO, Sheila Healy got) we'll all be crying into our Christmas beer.

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  • cheekyman_jr  |  December 21 2012, 11:00AM

    I wonder if they're happy to pay his plane fare so that he can travel home at weekends as well?

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  • Cottage Farm Organics  |  December 21 2012, 10:43AM

    Kevin, don't think about it, just please please go!

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