South West Wales

Pembs chief Bryn Parry-Jones's dispute 'cost £150,000'

Bryn Parry-Jones
Image caption Bryn Parry-Jones currently remains in his post as chief executive

The battle over unlawful pension payments to Pembrokeshire council's then chief executive cost the authority more than £150,000 in legal fees, it has been claimed.

Bryn Parry-Jones opted out of the Local Government pensions scheme and the council paid him its contributions in cash direct to him instead.

A Wales Audit Office investigation ruled the payments were unlawful.

Councillor Jacob Williams has revealed invoices of the council's legal costs.

The costs included:

  • Eversheds - legal advice before Mr Jones resigned - £106,354
  • Barrister Tim Kerr QC - council meeting appearance - £17,249.52
  • Pensions advisor - council meeting appearance - £12,450
  • Wales Audit Office - investigation - £25,000

Mr Jones finally left the council at the end of October last year with a £277,000 severance deal.

Earlier this week Mr Williams, the unaffiliated member for East Williamston, revealed that cancelling the leasing contract for Mr Jones's work car, a Porsche, cost the council almost £8,600 in penalty payments.

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Image caption The sports car runs on a combination of electricity and fuel

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