Council agree to new chief executive

The council's new chief executive Phil Drury.

The council's new chief executive Phil Drury.

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Boston Borough Council agreed to a move which will save it £105,000 a year when it accepted a new chief executive officer.

The council’s acting chief executive Phil Drury was accepted into the role at a meeting of the full council last Monday – amalgamating it with his existing role of strategic director.

Mr Drury will be paid a starting salary of £90,000, rising to £95,000 after six months if certain targets are met. Councillors were told he currently earns about £94,000 - so would be taking a pay cut to start with.

The council’s chief officers employment panel recommended the appointment.

Mr Drury has been acting chief executive since Richard Harbord’s resignation in September.

Finance portfolio holder Coun Aaron Spencer said: “I’m more than happy with the decision, I think it’s the prudent financial thing to do.”

Council leader Peter Bedford said Mr Drury had filled the role effectively so-far adding ‘it was important that the borough had leadership of high quality’.

Coun Paul Gleeson also supported the move which was passed by a majority vote.

An amendment to pay Mr Drury £90,000 and not increase it except on a yearly basis with full council approval was rejected by members.