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Suffolk County Council: Row after leader’s blog tells Andrea Hill it’s time to go

PUBLISHED: 11:48 24 March 2011

Andrea Hill

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SUFFOLK: A row has erupted between a senior politician and Andrea Hill following a blog calling for the Suffolk’s £218,000 a year chief executive to go, I can reveal today.

Kathy Pollard

Opposition leader Kathy Pollard wrote a blog in which she said the county council’s chief Andrea Hill had become an object of hate on the streets of Suffolk and added “if I were her I’d get out before I was pushed.”

At a meeting Mrs Hill and Mrs Pollard had a “forthright” discussion about the blog, which resulted in Mrs Pollard saying that their relationship had “irretrievably broken down.”

The county’s communications department did not want to comment on what was seen as a “political” attack on the chief executive.

However, the Conservative administration said it was wrong for a politician to
attack a council officer who was not in a position to answer back.

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23 comments

  • What baffles me is why 'ordinary' workers can be issued with notices saying they must accept lower terms & conditions (as happened with 26,000 Council workers in Birmingham) or lose their jobs but this sort of notice cannot be issued to Andrea Hill. Yet another example of one rule for the haves & another rule for the have nots!

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    Ipswich Red

    Friday, March 25, 2011

  • The Hill woman & Pembroke should just be sacked without a golden handshake & no pension as most of the people in Suffolk do not want them. This is supposed to be a democratic country.We did not give her a job.

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    p smith

    Thursday, March 24, 2011

  • Nice to see The Star using a flattering picture of Andrea !

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    Salty 1

    Friday, March 25, 2011

  • Well it is a bit unfair to call for the resignation of someone you were involved in the appointment of Kathy... even more so to do it in a way which you knew would prevent her from being able to respond. Bit cowardly really.

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    Fat Lady Sings

    Thursday, March 24, 2011

  • @Fat Lady Sings. Kathy did not support Andrea Hill's appointment. All opposition councillors voted against her appointment - and her salary.

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    Suffolk girl

    Thursday, March 24, 2011

  • It's not just Kathy Pollard who has made a blog post suggesting it's time for Arndrea to pack her overpaid bags and go. James Hargrave has said the same, and so have the Tory-types behind the Ipswich Spy blog. On the other hand, Andrea Hill is the best thing about Tory-led Suffolk County Council and, in the run-up to May elections, she'll be a handy reminder to the electorate that voters get what they deserve!

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    martha farquhar

    Thursday, March 24, 2011

  • @Suffolk Girl. I didn't say she supported the decision, I said she was involved in making it. Politicians should stick to making political arguments against politicians... demanding any Officer of the County Council to resign (however overpaid or unpopular), in such a manner is not only unfair to that Officer (who can not respond at all) but it also sets a dangerous precedent for the future, as it seriously damages the whole OfficerCouncillor relationship (which is absolutely key in making things happen at the council at all). Cllr Pollard knows this and she should apologise. The council needs a robust and effective opposition, now more then ever and the relationship between the leader of this opposition and the Chief Executive is very key indeed in achieving this. Cllr Pollard has shot herself in the foot for the sake of a few votes... cowardly and dangerous move for someone who most certainly should know better.

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    Fat Lady Sings

    Thursday, March 24, 2011

  • STEVEN HUBERT

    Thursday, March 24, 2011

  • To be honest it has now got boring. It does not matter what we all say she is there for the duration.

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    biggles the pilot

    Thursday, March 24, 2011

  • Agree with Steven Hubert Yawn Yawn Yawn. Are there any other reporters or is there any other news to report on.I am bored with the same old tripe.

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    Penelope Pitstop

    Thursday, March 24, 2011

  • Smell an election in the air. If you were on 200.000 grand plus would you resign of course you would not, it`s the people that gave her the post in the first place that should get the SACK. Kathy is looking after her interest thats all.

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    a west

    Thursday, March 24, 2011

  • If it went to a referendum, the good people of Suffolk would want her out. No-one has a good word for Mrs Hill. She IS a figure of hate amongst the general population - and that goes beyond Suffolk's boundaries too. The news reports of her ridiculously high pay packet have been less than complimentory. I'm sure she would walk away with a stupidly high "golden handshake" as well. The sooner that job is re-advertised, with a much more reasonable pay-deal, the better.

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    N M

    Thursday, March 24, 2011

  • FAT LADY SING ,,AT LEAST CATHY POLLARD HAS THE GUTS TO SPEAK THE TRUTH ,, EVEN THOU SHE TOOK PART IN THIS VERY EXSPENSIVE MISTAKE .. AND I AGREE WITH YOU ( N M ) RE- ADVERTISE THE JOB . BUT LET THE COUNCIL- TAX PAYER HAVE A SAY ON THE SALARY . WE ARE SICK AND TIRED OF SEEING OUR MONEY CHUCKED AROUND ON THEIR LUCRATIVE SALARIES .

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    pablo gonzalas

    Thursday, March 24, 2011

  • Paul Geater when did Mrs Pollard become a senior politician? I assumed she was just another councellor, all be it in opposition to those deluded bunch who appointed Mrs Hill in the first place. The same crowd who voted to pay her £70,000 MORE than her predecessor but who now claim that they cannot force her to take a lower salary. They will probably claim that they are unable to 'sack' her as well, so just who is this woman answerable to ? One other interesting question is what is the length of her contract, assuming she is on a contract, and why cannot her contract be renegotiated with her having to apply for her current job just like so many of her subordinates at SCC are being forced to do with the introduction of her New Strategic Direction ?

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    Brian Betts

    Thursday, March 24, 2011

  • Someone on that high pay should be on a monthly rolling contract and can be let go at anytime.

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    zaax

    Thursday, March 24, 2011

  • Oh give it a rest

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    S T

    Thursday, March 24, 2011

  • To the people complaining about the story, if it doesn't interest you why find the time to comment? Office bound executives being paid huge salaries and wasting yet more money on self promoting photo shoots while front line services are cut is important to some of us.

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    Tamara Knight

    Thursday, March 24, 2011

  • Councillor Pollard is only saying what many people are thinking.

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    Citizen

    Thursday, March 24, 2011

  • YAWN!!!! Yet more drivel from our local political reporter......... money for old rope...

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    Chris Ward

    Thursday, March 24, 2011

  • Maybe Kathy Pollard should go again ??

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    Richard Jillings

    Thursday, March 24, 2011

  • Firstly, where in “if I were her I’d get out before I was pushed.” does Kathy call for Andrea's resignation? It's a suggestion that that is what Kathy would do herself in that position. Secondly, she is pointing out a key problem in this county, Andrea Hill HAS become an object of hate, and it should be addressed as a matter of urgency. Fair enough she shouldn't have put it in such an opinionated way but with all the various ways to publish our thoughts these days, this happens to almost everyone. Andrea needs to face facts that her sponging off our money is upsetting even higher up people now. Oh, and fourthly, is that flattering picture one from her £1,400 photo album?? ;-)

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    lollipop

    Saturday, March 26, 2011

  • Whilst I can understand the yawns (the digging has been going on for a while now), sadly it has to be done! These people are PUBLIC servants yet treat the public as an inconvenience and money supply. The real culprits are the people who appointed her to take the flack for their mis-management. Stand up Pembroken and co!!!!

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    Weary Traveller

    Thursday, March 24, 2011

  • Time to stop yawning and wake up! The reason we are in this mess of a Pembroken County is that most of us were sleeping in the first place.

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    Peter Wyburn

    Thursday, March 24, 2011

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