The new LibDem administration has sacked Kingston Council’s highly-respected CEO, who leaves with an eye-watering £312,000 payoff.
The sacking appears to be a clash of personalities. This will leave the council rudderless and without a permanent CEO for at least a year. Leaving a new administration without direction for this amount of time puts the council in a dangerous position with rocky times ahead.
Charlie Adan had been in post for barely two years and under the Conservative administration oversaw a successful efficiency programme. This enabled council tax to be frozen three out of four years.
Although the £312,000 payoff is a substantial and avoidable cost, the greater cost is the message that it sends to council staff. Those who dare question the LibDem administration may face the sack.