A NEW top officer will take over control of Worthing and Adur councils – on a lower salary than his predecessor.
The Herald understands that Peter Latham will not be paid as much as Ian Lowrie, who steps down at the end of May.
The exact amount has not yet been revealed, but will become public knowledge at a later date.
It is believed to be more than £100,000, roughly midway between Mr Latham and Mr Lowrie’s current salaries.
Mr Latham will now serve for two years as interim chief executive of the councils, starting on June 1.
Liberal Democrat councillors have called on the post to be scrapped to save money, claiming Worthing and Adur did not need an overall person in charge,
A spokesman for the councils said: “Following an extensive assessment process managed by external specialist assessors and advisers, the members of the cross-party joint staff (senior appointments) committee have recommended to both councils that Peter Latham, formerly a director, should be the interim joint chief executive with effect from June 1.
“At the same time, John Mitchell, formerly an executive head of service, will become an interim strategic director in Peter Latham’s place.”
Councillor Paul Yallop, leader of Worthing Borough Council, said: “We were really pleased with the selection process.
“It was a rigorous test for all the candidates and proved that we have a really strong in-house team to take us through the next few years.
“I am looking forward to working with Peter and John in their new roles and congratulate them on their new appointments.”