A Thanet council officer who left his role after less than two years due to an authority restructure was paid £39,533 as compensation for loss of his post.
Rob Kenyon, who was the Director of Community Services until his departure last October, took voluntary redundancy as part of the Thanet council restructure following the failed East Kent councils merger bid. The authority said it had to save an additional £2million per year, requiring ‘significant restructuring.’
Mr Kenyon was responsible for economic development, regeneration, heritage, planning, building control, enforcement, housing, licensing, tourism, leisure, events, museums, community safety.
In 2017/18 he received a salary of £80,401 with £2,000 in ‘cash benefits’ plus the £39,533 pay out equalling £121,934 not including pension contributions of £7,169.
Thanet council’s annual statement of accounts also lists the salaries received by other top officers at the authority between April 1, 2017 -March 31, 2018.
The job role titles for some posts have now changed following the restructure.
Chief executive Madeline Homer received a salary of £133,771, plus ‘cash benefits’ of £5,000 making a total £138,771 not including pension contributions of £20,966.
Director of Corporate Resources Tim Willis received a salary of £98,245 plus £4,000 ‘cash benefits’ totalling £102,245 not including pension contributions of £15,156.
Director of Corporate Governance Tim Howes received £97,173 plus ‘cash benefits’ of 4,000 totalling £101,173 not including pension contributions of £15,156.
Director of Operational Services Gavin Waite received £90,648 plus ‘cash benefits’ of £4,000 totalling £94,648 not including pension contributions of £14,225.
The total top officers’ salary bill for 2017/18, excluding pension payments but including Mr Kenyon’s compensation, came to £558, 771.
Generous salaries are also paid for three roles within East Kent Services. Councillor allowances for the year came to £365,000.
There were 28 staff earning between £50,000 and £124,000 at the authority in 2017/18. Five of those staff left during the financial year.
There were 8 compulsory redundancies in the financial period across all staff at TDC with 7 other departures.
Some £339,000 was paid out in redundancy packages.
Thanet council employed 475 staff, full time and part time, when its draft accounts were completed in May this year.