Keith Ireland. Picture by Sam Bagnall

Former county council chief exec picked up £292,263 in less than six months

A former chief executive of Lincolnshire County Council picked up £292,263 for less than six months service, it’s been revealed.

The authority announced last November that Keith Ireland was departing the role after being announced in it in May 2018.

The figure of how much money he received is just short of £300,000 according to the BBC’s Local Democracy Reporting Service  and includes his salary, a compensation pay off, £975 in outplacement services, £8,901 holiday pay and £14,637 in employer’s pension contribution.

Coun Martin Hill, leader of Lincolnshire County Council, said: “During Keith‘s time with the council, it became clear that we did not share the same approach to a number of important issues, and we both agreed that a parting of ways was for the best. 

“In such circumstances, it is not unusual for a payment to be made.

 “There are strict rules in place in relation to such payments, and they must be shown to be appropriate both financially and legally.

“Over the last few years, the council has successfully reduced its senior management pay bill by around 40 percent.

“We are very happy with the way in which our senior management team is currently leading the authority and have no plans to appoint a permanent Chief Executive at the present time.”


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