The chief executive of Peterborough City Council will split her duties for the next 12 months after a job share was approved.
At a meeting of the full council this evening (Wednesday, October 14) councillors agreed that Gillian Beasley, whose salary is worth £170,000 a year, will take on the same role at Cambridgeshire County Council for the following year.
Ms Beasley will split her time between the two authorities who will each pay half her salary and additional costs, thus saving the city council £110,000.
The city council’s Employment Committee last month recommended that the job share be approved, although fears were raised that Ms Beasley might become burned out.
Cambridgeshire county councillors voted unanimously to approve proposals at a meeting held on Tuesday.
This is the first shared chief executive role between unitary and county authorities nationally with Ms Beasley beginning the new role on Monday, October 19.
The appointment follows the resignation of the county council’s chief executive Mark Lloyd who is taking up the position of chief executive for the Local Government Association.
Councillor John Holdich, leader of the city council, said: “Following the initial approach from the county council it was important to explore what could be gained from such an arrangement for both authorities.
“I believe a shared chief executive will give our city and the county a stronger voice nationally to promote economic development in the area, as well as creating greater opportunities for jointly commissioned services and sharing of best practice between the two authorities.
“This shared arrangement is only possible because we have such an experienced and capable chief executive.”