West Sussex county council axes top job to save money

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THE role of chief executive at West Sussex County Council will be scrapped in a new cost-cutting exercise.

The move was announced this week and current chief executive Kieran Stigant will be leaving the local authority on January 31.

Council leader Louise Goldsmith said: ‘Kieran has given 22 years of diligent and loyal service to the county council, three of those as chief executive.

‘We are very grateful to him for his tireless commitment to both the council and to West Sussex.’

The top job will now be shared between two posts, a chief operating officer and an interim transformation director.

Mr Stigant, whose salary was £175,000, will receive a £118,000 redundancy payment as well as a sum agreed for pay in lieu of notice.

The news was announced to staff in a letter from Cllr Goldsmith, who said the news may be ‘unsettling’ for some.

Officials said the interim arrangements will result in a full-year saving of £25,000, with further savings expected.