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Five top council posts advertised for £417,000 in salaries

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THANET council is advertising five top jobs, with a combined salary of £417,000, after several departures from the authority.

Posted on neighbouring Canterbury City Council’s site the jobs on offer include the new chief executive post which comes as a result of the resignation of Dr Sue McGonigal last December.

The salary on offer is £110,000 and TDC is looking for “a decisive leader, capable of inspiring the management team and staff, with an exemplary track record of achieving the highest possible performance for residents, service users and other stakeholders.”

Dr McGonigal had been on an extended leave of absence from her role since June, due to ill health.

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The council’s director of community services, Madeline Homer, has been deputising as acting chief executive.

The next post up for grabs is that of director of operational services with a salary of £85,000. It comes on the heels of the resignation of Mark Seed, who left TDC this month.

Mr Seed was in charge of areas including the port and the beleaguered waste and recycling service. It is believed the decision was due to poor health.

A salary of £85,000 is also on offer for a new director of corporate resources. The role had been taken on by Dr McGongal but was split from her responsibilities in a restructure last year.

The previous “corporate resources” job was held by Philip Hamberger, whose title was corporate services and transformation director.

He was tasked with streamlining the organisation but left “amicably” after a short time for undisclosed reasons in 2012.

A new head of legal and democratic services will earn a salary of £73,000.

Harvey Patterson, who had been the authority’s legal adviser, left last year after his post was ‘deleted’.

Steven Boyle holds the Interim Legal Services Manager and Monitoring Officer post.

The post of head of financial services is also on offer with a wage of £64,000.

All posts have a closing date of March 9.

Last year a council shake up resulted in TDC advertising for six jobs with salaries totalling nearly £360,000 a year.

Ten roles were made redundant in the restructure.

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