Somerset

Banes councillors vote to keep chief executive

A committee of Bath and North East Somerset councillors has voted to keep the position of chief executive.

The post is currently held by John Everitt, who is paid £178,000 a year and may retire in the autumn.

The restructuring implementation committee recommended the post should not be shared among senior officers.

A final decision will be made by the full council at a later date. The authority is attempting to reduce its management costs.

In February, the then Conservative-run Bath and North East Somerset Council (Banes) said it needed to make cuts of £2.6m.

Since then, the Liberal Democrats have taken over the authority with the backing of Labour.

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