The Times this morning reports (£) that only seven of the 129 Council Chief Executives earning over £150,000 has taken a pay cut. Those who have agreed pay cuts include two on exceptionall high salaries. Joanna Killian, the chief executive of Essex County Council, has reduced her salary of £285,152 by 5% while Kevin Lavery, the chief executive of Cornwall Council, has agreed a £10,000 cut from his £200,000 salary.
The problem is that if a Chief Executive refuses to accept a pay cut there doesn't seem much a Coucnil can do about it – apart from making them redundant which would be an expensive option. There may be rather more savings where a Chief Executive has retired and a replacement been recruited at a lower salary. Or where the cost of a CEO is shared between two authorities.