Andrew Kerr CEO of Cornwall Council set to leave

The big news of the week is Andrew Kerr, CEO of Cornwall Council has submitted completely out-of-the-blue his resignation from Cornwall. From the details I have, he is set to become the CEO of Edinburgh Council.As to the reasons why he is leaving, your guess is as good as mine….Andrew Kerr

The Leader of Cornwall Council has sent a message to all Councillors informing them:

“Today I have been informed by the Chief Executive Andrew Kerr that he will be leaving the authority to take up a new role as the Chief Executive of Edinburgh City Council.

I wish Andrew well in his new role and would like to thank him for what he has done for Cornwall.  He leaves behind a strong and committed team of officers and Members who will work together to take the Council and Cornwall forward.

Andrew Kerr will be issuing the following statement to staff :  “This was a difficult decision to make as I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Cornwall but it is the right move for me at this time.  I am very proud of what the Council has achieved over the past 18 months and am confident that both the Council and Cornwall are in a strong position to move forward”.

I will now be working with Members and the leadership team to make the necessary arrangements for the transition.”

 

 

17 comments

  • Andrew, it shouldn’t really be a surprise. Looking at his CV he never seems to stay long in one role. Seems as though he’s always on the look out for the next opportunity. I suppose in this day & age it is most ‘careerists’ that get to this sort of level so isn’t surprising when they want to move on.

  • Gill Zella Martin

    Personally, when he was given the position I predicted that to be a forgone conclusion sooner or later, given the fact he had a track record of moving counties/positions at fairly regular intervals. I think Mr Paul Masters would be the ideal replacement, just a shame they did not offer him the position initially and save on relocation expenses.

  • Dick Powell

    You sound a bit fed up and a tad annoyed. Is it feasible that the next CEO might come at a reduced income level to reflect the low incomes of other folk in Cornwall?

  • Steve Paget MBE

    It seems to me, that the ‘voice’ of the people of Cornwall is often ignored. When the people voiced concern about the farming out if services to BT, they were right. Here we are again, the people spoke out against this appointment (due to concerns in regard to the longevity of previous appointments and the large salary) and, were once again proven right. What will it take to wake Cornwall Council up to the reality that our nationally elected Government is not only underfunding Cornwall, but that we are on the precipice of chronic service failure in regard to our health and social care?

  • Gill Zella Martin

    Incidentally, I believe Mr Andrew Kerr stated when he was applying for the position that he would not be moving to the county, rather so that he would commute. I am unaware if that remained the case, however, did that not make anyone at Cornwall Council wonder if it was because he did not plan on working in the county long term!
    I cannot understand why Mr Paul Masters who was already covering the position was not offered it permanently, he was already a member of Cornwall Council, therefore I would have thought in all probability less likely to up and leave when the going gets tough. In his case there would have been, and still would be, no possible relocation expenses to consider which are available for any candidate from outside of the county. I do hope Cornwall Council make the right decision this time round, particularly financially.

  • Fred

    Why does it say 5 comments on here when there are only 3? Does your blog ever work properly?

  • Calvin Halverson

    When he first gained this position I knew right away that he was not going to last there very long. I also believe that he did a great job on the council and was very involved. I wish him best of luck in his future and hope he is successful with everything that he does.

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  • Fred

    “Please feel free to leave a comment to the post, as I like to hear your views! However, comments that do not meet the rules of the site (found in Blog Disclaimer) will not be published. Furthermore, all comment need to be approved by admin before publication”

    What’s the point inviting comments if you only add the ones that show you in a good light. My comments meet the site rules yet you dont add them if you dont agree with them, is that your idea of democracy? Perhaps you just like the feeling of being in control? Thank goodness it’s only your blog you’re in control of and not the local papers. Is there others whose comments you don’t put on if you don’t agree with there comments? At the next election when you knock on my door, I’ll be asking why you didn’t answer my emails and stifled your blog. If you can’t deal with challenge then I don’t think you should be a Cllr. My comment was on the blog post about The reserves. Is that how cllrs like you deal with things just hope they’ll go away.

  • Andrew Wallis

    The point of this comment? Yes it does work. or how else would you be able to read it….

  • Andrew Wallis

    I post most of your comment, apart from the rude ones. From you own comments, I wouldn’t be knocking on your door, as in your own words, you do not live in the area I represent. Which previously you said you are glad of. Challenge is fine, no issue there. However, your comments are full of factual errors.

  • Gill Zella Martin

    Fred, having just read your post, I think your comment is incredibly rude and disrespectful to Councillor Andrew Wallis. He is a very hard working councillor that achieves an incredible amount locally and at county level. I think he deals with things appropriately and democratically. Personally, I think you should apologize to him.

  • Fred

    Andrew Wallis
    11:29 Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 11:29
    The point of this comment? Yes it does work. or how else would you be able to read it….

    No it didn’t work that’s the point, it said it had 5 comments on it yet was only showing up 3 so no I couldn’t read 2 of the comments actually because they weren’t showing up. I wouldn’t of said so if they were.

  • Fred

    I post most of your comment, apart from the rude ones. From you own comments, I wouldn’t be knocking on your door, as in your own words, you do not live in the area I represent. Which previously you said you are glad of. Challenge is fine, no issue there. However, your comments are full of factual errors.

    My comments are no ruder than yours are to me, and not all your blog posts are factual, here’s a challenge for you then, how can the council moan about Andrew Kerr leaving when it’s the council that made there decision to hire him, so it’s the council that’s wasted money and made a mistake.

  • Fred

    Gill Zella Martin
    19:07 Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 19:07
    Fred, having just read your post, I think your comment is incredibly rude and disrespectful to Councillor Andrew Wallis. He is a very hard working councillor that achieves an incredible amount locally and at county level. I think he deals with things appropriately and democratically. Personally, I think you should apologize to him.

    You wouldn’t apologise to the Cllr when your comments are rude about him.

  • Gill Zella Martin

    Fred, my comments are never intentionally rude, and if I was told they were then I would apologize.

    In my opinion, your comments to Councillor Andrew Wallis are incredibly rude and disrespectful. I stand by my view that I think you should apologize.

  • Val Thomas

    Glad to see the going of the CEO and hope he doesn’t stay if the other job offer doesn’t finalise, because I think he’s obviously not committed to Cornwall Council anymore than he was Wales.

    As for Fred, I think he needs to go to spec savers!
    I also think he should take advice given and apologise.

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