Appointment was a unanimous one

PUBLISHED: 11:23 22 March 2007 | UPDATED: 13:54 04 May 2010

IT is a great pity that Cllr Bell hasn t something better to do with his time than make rather silly remarks to reporters. On this occasion, he claims that the salary paid to the Cambridgeshire County Council chief executive is ridiculous . It is a grea

IT is a great pity that Cllr Bell hasn't something better to do with his time than make rather silly remarks to reporters. On this occasion, he claims that the salary paid to the Cambridgeshire County Council chief executive is 'ridiculous'.

It is a great pity that Cllr Bell did not see fit to contact his Liberal Democrat colleagues, who would have told him that, at the time of the appointment of Ian Stewart, it was a unanimous decision (including Liberal Democrats) of the Appointments Panel that Ian Stewart should be appointed and at the salary mentioned.

It was also accepted that our chief executive would be able to advise local authorities from time to time on matters of common interest.

It is to the advantage of Cambridgeshire that our chief executive is held in such high esteem.

I have no objection to Cllr Bell having a political 'go' at me, that's the political game we are in, but to verbally attack our staff in public, when they are unable to respond, is highly irresponsible.

JOHN POWLEY

Cabinet Member for Corporate Services (which includes Human Resources)

County Councillor Soham and Fordham villages

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