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Panel selects choice for interim chief executive at Cornwall Council

By RWhitehouse  |  Posted: February 08, 2013

Paul Masters - recommended to take up the position of interim Chief Executive at Cornwall Council

Paul Masters - recommended to take up the position of interim Chief Executive at Cornwall Council

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A PANEL of councillors has chosen Paul Masters to take up the role of interim chief executive at Cornwall Council.

Mr Masters, the current assistant chief executive at County Hall, was selected by a unanimous vote of the panel which was set up to make the decision.

His appointment will have to be endorsed by the full council when it meets on Tuesday and, if approved, he will take up the post once the current chief executive Kevin Lavery leaves next month.

Mr Lavery announced in December that he would be leaving Cornwall Council to take up a new position in New Zealand.

Chair of the selection panel Liberal Democrat councillor Jeremy Rowe said it has been a difficult decision due to the strong field of candidates.

Mr Rowe said: "I am pleased we have been able to make a unanimous recommendation and would like to thank all the members of the panel for their support in helping the council to make this vital decision.

"I am particularly happy that we have been able to appoint from within the organisation. We had three high quality candidates which shows the breadth of talent and ability we have in the council."

It is believed the other two candidates were Michael Crich and Kim Carey.

Mr Masters' appointment will be for a minimum of six months, pending the outcome of the council elections in May and a decision by the new council on a permanent appointment. The salary level is between £158,000 and £175,000.

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  • poldice  |  February 11 2013, 11:10AM

    Let the dog see the rabbit and give the Man a chance, he cannot be any worse than his predecessors so fingers crossed and best of luck to him.

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  • Jonny2010  |  February 10 2013, 6:10PM

    I don't know much about Paul Masters however others have given him the thumbs up and I know of one incident where he stood up for the Cornish people.

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  • kernewekonan  |  February 10 2013, 12:04AM

    who? never heard of him. is he cornish? i doubt that very much. how long has he lived here? anyhow now they have given him the job we no longer need the other highly paid so called executives . time to streamline the whole cabinet mr masters and get rid of a few, that will save a few wasted pounds without doubt.

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  • NonEmmit  |  February 09 2013, 11:26AM


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  • nickthompson  |  February 09 2013, 9:04AM

    by Jonny2010 Friday, February 08 2013, 9:34PM . "I really hope Paul Masters get the top job for keeps!!!!"------------------------------------------------------------ I bet he does as well!

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  • Jonny2010  |  February 08 2013, 9:34PM

    I really hope Paul Masters get the top job for keeps!!!!

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  • Cassandra1959  |  February 08 2013, 6:54PM

    Some good news at last.

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