Council boss made redundant

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Amber Valley Borough Council have made its chief executive Peter Carney redundant as part of money-saving measures.

Mr Carney, who took up the top job in 1993, was the council’s most senior officer and principal policy adviser to the council earning £95,435 a year.

Council leader Cllr Stuart Bradford said: “Following lengthy debate, and careful consideration of the reports, the council decided to delete that post from the organisation.

“In these continuing difficult times, we have to make difficult decisions and the decision to delete the post of the chief executive most definitely falls into this category.”

It is proposed that Julian Townshend, the Executive Director (Environmental Services) will take up the statutory role of Head of Paid Service - which was part of Mr Carney’s role.

Despite the continuing pressure on its finances, the council says it has made a further £737,000 of savings since the 2012/13 budget was approved in March 2012.

A report to full council on December 12 outlined further savings worth a total of £1.5 million.

Cllr Bradford said the council intended to press on with a number of ambitious plans such as securing the completion of the A610 link road between Ripley and Codnor.

Other priorities include revitalising and sustaining markets and town centres.

Mr Carney declined to comment.