Andrea Hill defends massive salary

ANDREA Hill said today that she is unfazed at the publicity her £220,000 salary has attracted - and the fact that it became such an election issue in Ipswich.

ANDREA Hill said today that she is unfazed at the publicity her £220,000 salary has attracted - and the fact that it became such an election issue in Ipswich.

“I think it's a fair salary for the job I've been asked to do. It's a very responsible and challenging job. It's a salary commensurate with other county chief executives, it varies very little from the amount I earned in Bedfordshire and people will judge me on the results.

“There was no discussion with me about salary and that's quite normal. I needed my salary to be commensurate with what I was earning in Bedfordshire.”

Does she think she's worth it? “The people of Suffolk will have to judge that.”

Should the county council have appointed a permanent chief officer when it might not exist in two years? “People recognise that Suffolk County Council is an enormous organisation with a budget of £1billion and 28,000 staff and it has to have someone at the top to lead the management of the organisation.

“I have a job to do in the next couple of years making sure the organisation is well led through any change.

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“One of the reasons, I'm sure, the members appointed me was because I have a track record of success in managing change.

“I'm proud that Bedfordshire went from the worst county council in the country to a good rated organisation in less than three years, which newspapers have dubbed as one of the fastest turnarounds in local government history.”

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