Kent

Gravesham councillors vote to scrap shared chief executive

David Hughes
Image caption David Hughes will become the sole chief executive for Gravesham Council from February next year

Plans by two Kent councils to continue sharing the same chief executive have been scrapped.

Gravesham Council and Tonbridge and Malling Council became the first in the county to share the role when David Hughes took charge last year.

The idea was conceived by the previous Conservative leadership on Gravesham Council to save at least £100,000.

But a meeting of the full council, now under Labour control, voted to abolish the role from 1 February.

It had been due to expire next July, but councillors agreed that Mr Hughes would take up the sole position at Gravesham.

Before the shared arrangement, he was the chief executive at Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council for nine years.

A spokesperson for Tonbridge and Malling Council said it was reviewing its senior management structure "with a view to securing financial savings".

It added: "With the ending of the shared chief executive arrangement the council wishes to take stock and determine what management structure is appropriate to take the council forward over the coming years."

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