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Suffolk County Council: ‘I’m staying put’ – Andrea Hill

PUBLISHED: 16:35 13 April 2011

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UNDER-fire Suffolk chief executive Andrea Hill has insisted she will remain at the helm of the county council despite the turbulent events of the last few weeks.

Mrs Hill told the specialist magazine Municipal Journal that she intended to continue working hard to improve services in the county.

Speculation about her position has been rising following the events of the last fortnight.

The departure of director of resource management Graham Dixon and monitoring officer Eric Whitfield on March 31 was followed the next day by the retirement of council leader Jeremy Pembroke.

Mrs Hill took on Mr Dixon’s responsibilities, but there has been speculation within Endeavour House that if the new council leader has a different outlook to Mr Pembroke then Mrs Hill could come under pressure to stand down.

However she told the magazine: “It’s not my intention to leave Suffolk CC. I’m working hard to deliver the best public services to the people of Suffolk.

“In due course, a new leader will be elected and I look forward to working with them to achieve that objective.”

Mrs Hill has recently been under the spotlight over the cost of training sessions with a professional coach, the cost of photographs, and the cost hotel stays she made at the council’s expense.

Nominations for the position of leader of the county council have to be submitted by tomorrow and the Conservative group on the county council will chose their new leader at their annual meeting on Monday.

The 54 councillors seem likely to have a choice of three candidates in the election.

Adult and community services portfolio Colin Noble is standing as is transport and environment portfolio holder Guy McGregor.

They are joined on the ballot paper by Mark Bee who is chairman of the county’s scrutiny committee and is also leader of Waveney District Council.

The result of the ballot for the leadership of the Conservative group is due to be announced on Monday, although whoever wins will not take over as leader of the council until its annual meeting on May 26.

20 comments

  • Personally I am SO PLEASED she is staying! After all, if she is like all the other ex Chiefs leaving public service positions she will be paid 2 years salary plus another year as lost pension contributions etc etc only to go to another overpaid position with some other poor authority while we in Suffolk repeat the process of hiring another person at a similar wage "as you have to pay to get the best". (Their words not mine) And, as another point, if the photograph is one of those that were expensively taken at ratepayers cost, can we have our money back as it looks nothing special?

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    davidsuffolk

    Wednesday, April 13, 2011

  • I don't blame her, to be honest. Wouldn't anyone want to stay put on £218,000pa. While the kids risk their lives going to school, and I have to walk 34 of a mile to my voluntary job now because the bus was rerouted to cover services that had been cut. I also hope they enjoyed their tea and coffee. Costing £60,000 I should think every gulp was laced with guilt.

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    Mick Harvey

    Wednesday, April 13, 2011

  • If Ms Hill thinks that by remaining in post she is improving public services in Suffolk then she is seriously deluded. There are many people now, across the county, putting in many hours of their own time trying to repair the damage that her ideologically driven mission is wreaking to services. Ms Hill, if you really do want to improve the lot of people in Suffolk, just go, and go now.

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    Origami Penguin

    Wednesday, April 13, 2011

  • such a modest lady ....

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    GetaGrip

    Wednesday, April 13, 2011

  • Of course she'll try to tough it out: she has already shown how thick-skinned she is in her recent response to the criticism she has received. Also, anyone on that kind of money would be crazy not to get as much gravy off the train as possible before it hits the buffers!

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    martha farquhar

    Wednesday, April 13, 2011

  • If you paid me as much as Ms Hill rakes in, I'd stay put too! Plod's prediction? The people of Suffolk will look to the uprisings in the Arab world. Within days there will be tanks on the Cornhill, blood flowing in the gutters of Princes Street, and military jets taking off from Lakenheath and Mildenhall. OK, only the bit about the jets is likely to prove accurate, but we can dream, can't we?

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    PC Plod

    Thursday, April 14, 2011

  • I was born in Ipswich but now live in the North but keep in touch. Don't blaim Andrea Hill. She was appointed by politicians. She just might be the best Chief Exec Suffolk has when free of the nonsense that comes her way.

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    Keith Adams

    Wednesday, April 13, 2011

  • "However she told the magazine: “It’s not my intention to leave Suffolk CC. I’m working hard to deliver the best public services to the people of Suffolk. ". Then when do we (the people of Suffolk) get to see the "best public services"? All I see so far is average services hanging by a shoe string waiting to be cut.

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    ran 528

    Wednesday, April 13, 2011

  • One of her predecessors, Ms Homer, is now Permanent Secretary and the Department for Transport. As such she oversees the multi-billion pound roads budget for the country. A rather more responsible job than being in charge of a lowly county council, and yet one for which Ms Homer gets paid less than Andray-arr. Hill has made Suffolk a national joke. The first thing people say when you tell them you're from Suffolk is "isn't that the council where the chief exec earns over £200,000?"

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    James Lakin

    Thursday, April 14, 2011

  • Her decison has come as a total shock - not!

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    G C

    Wednesday, April 13, 2011

  • Why does this not come as any great surprise... new leader on the way... position statement from the CEO... all she is doing really is applying again for her job with the new person. She failed in Bedfordshire, she failed in Suffolk, the only difference is that Suffolk allow her to carry on regardless. New Leader please take note, if you delay then the Conservatives will pay the price in 2013 at the County Elections, a lot of residents will be unable to forgive.

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    Citizen

    Wednesday, April 13, 2011

  • Look at the people (our councillors) that recruited Ms Hill on such a lucrative contract. Frankly, I don't blamer her - the gravy train is flowing nicely!

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    Red Robbo

    Wednesday, April 13, 2011

  • If there is news like the scandalous self indulgent spending she has been undertaking, then fair enough, but this is a non story. Stick to news, rather than meaningless interviews from other publications. We all know she will wait until she is paid a fotune to go rather than walk.

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    england1770

    Wednesday, April 13, 2011

  • I hope that the new leader will look again at the cuts being made to the visually impairedblind talking book service. For those of you that are not aware of this service. It is a service which is paid for by the county council via the R.N.I.B. This enables the visually impaired to have access to books on discs and the loan of a specially designed player. The council decided in january to remove this service from approx 140 people who were not having twenty five books a year. note until January 2011 there was no minimum usage required. However there should not be a minimum requirement as the council has a duty of care to provide this service. Please note there is not a minimum usage for sighted people and they do not remove them from the general library service if they do not take out any books in any one year.

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    sylvia Hawes

    Friday, April 15, 2011

  • How any public service employee can justify being paid more than the Prime Minister is beyond me. We could attack the deficit hugely by bringing the top executives in councils down to a salary in line with the PM - now I am sure that would win public support!

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    Ipswichlass

    Thursday, April 14, 2011

  • Ah I see the comment that Mr Noble is to stand again. I wonder if he has been back to school to learm about demagraphic changes before he brings in any more cuts to adult and older people care provision in the county? Roll on polling day!

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    Tonyc8310

    Friday, April 15, 2011

  • go now. we dont to see your face again.

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    ll

    Wednesday, April 13, 2011

  • Ms Hill keeps saying she will work hard to improve Suffolk, any one who is fit can work hard and many do for very low wages! what is required is ability and this is sadly lacking. Interesting a poll of private sector companies on newsnight found that the majority of public sector high earners were out of touch with realality how true!

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    Chris Finbow

    Thursday, April 14, 2011

  • Where is the democracy in the people told to put up, shut up, and be grateful for what we get? The point surely is that only a short time ago the County Council was telling us how fabulous they were and how lucky we were to have them. We now find out it broke and broken - there are many examples of authorities around the country handling the current financial climate much, much better.

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    Peter Wyburn

    Thursday, April 14, 2011

  • I don't blame her. One of the biggest mistakes she has made is to allow (and actively participate) in the politicisation of her job. This will not help her future employment prospects in local government. Although hopefully she might get one of those hugely well paid jobs in industry she keeps telling us about.

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    tgtround

    Wednesday, April 13, 2011

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