Director’s salary set to be slashed

COUNCILLORS discussing plans to fill a vacant director’s post have agreed to slash the salary by up to £30,000.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s appointments panel met behind closed doors earlier this week to discuss plans for the vacant director of regeneration and neighbourhoods post.

The post was previously held by Dave Stubbs, before he was confirmed as the new chief executive.

The eight-strong cross party appointments panel, which will make recommendations to a future full council meeting, has decided to initially advertise the post internally, as was the case with the chief executive appointment.

The closing date for applications is Thursday, November 22, with interviews taking place four days later.

The salary is to be reduced from £130,000 to between £100,000 and £110,000, based on five performance-related increments.

It follows a decision to reduce the chief executive’s salary to between £140,000 and £150,000 from £168,000 as part of the ongoing efforts across the authority to cut costs.

Labour councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher, chairman of the appointments panel, said: “In line with council policy, the panel agreed to advertise the director of regeneration and neighbourhoods post internally.

“The closing date for applications is Thursday, November 22 and interviews are scheduled for Friday, November 30. This is a key post within the authority and the successful applicant will form part of the council’s corporate management team.

“The panel also agreed to reduce the salary following on from an earlier decision to reduce the salary of the chief executive’s post.

“There will be a salary range from £100,000 to £110,000 incorporating five increments which will be performance-related.

“The panel felt that the salary reduction from the current figure of £130,000 was appropriate given the financial squeeze on the authority and the ongoing efforts to make savings.”

Mr Stubbs, 64, replaced acting chief executive Nicola Bailey, who left to work within the NHS as managing director of North Durham Clinical Commissioning Group.