UPDATED: £170k Peterborough City Council chief in line for second job

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The chief executive of Peterborough City Council is set to take on the same job at Cambridgeshire County Council.

Gillian Beasley is expected to job share for 12 months with her £170,000 salary split between the authorities.

City council party leaders and the cabinet were last night meeting to discuss the proposal which would see Ms Beasley work the equivalent of two days a week at the county council.

The decision to approve the job share would then need to be made by elected members at both councils.

Despite saying he already has £19 million of savings to make next year, city council leader Cllr John Holdich is “relaxed” at the idea of Ms Beasley job sharing. And he categorically ruled out any prospect of the city council joining up with the county council having previously split from it to become a separate authority.

He said: “We would have to make sure this would not affect her role with Peterborough. But there are great opportunities to working together.

“They want to do it for 12 months, we want to suggest it’s for six months to see if it does work.”

Cllr Holdich said nobody will be brought into the city council to help out if Ms Beasley does divide her time. He said: “We are looking at our management structure to see who can take on some of her responsibilities.”

Cllr Holdich said the arrangement was at most for a year. Ms Beasley would then remain at the city council.

The county council approached Ms Beasley to take over on a temporary basis as it seeks to replace its outgoing chief Mark Lloyd.

A county council spokesman said no decision has been made but added: “The county council is considering a range of options and nothing has been ruled in or out at this stage. It should be noted that the option of recruiting a new chief executive has not been ruled out either.

“We have approached Peterborough City Council to consider sharing a chief executive on a temporary basis as one possible option.”

Ms Beasley was approached for an interview but instead a city council spokesman said: “We can confirm an approach has been made by Cambridgeshire County Council to consider sharing our chief executive on a temporary basis.

“We are currently discussing this proposal with Cambridgeshire County Council and a decision is yet to be made.”

Labour Cllr Ed Murphy said Cllr Holdich’s decision to announce the job share before it was agreed was “foolish”.

He added: “The fact that Ms Beasley has responsibility for thousands less staff than when she first became officer means there may be some sense in discussing proposals to reduce her renumeration and duties in Peterborough.”