REVEALED: Huge cost of ousting former council chief executive

Mark Hammond - former chief executive of West Sussex County Council
Mark Hammond - former chief executive of West Sussex County Council

THE LID has finally been lifted on the costly compensation package paid out to the ousted former chief executive of West Sussex County Council, Mark Hammond.

The County Times will reveal tomorrow (Thursday) that Mr Hammond, whose departure from the council drew criticism for the authority’s handling of the situation, cost the council a huge six-figure sum to get rid of.

Mr Hammond was the tenth highest paid council chief executive in England, with a take-home pay of £266,470, including bonuses, in 2009.

A union claimed that Mr Hammond, who left County Hall back in September, was ‘sacked’ and a bitter battle ensued and a redundancy package was thrashed out behind closed doors.

The council was criticised for its handling of the situation and for the ensuing wall of silence surrounding the cost of ousting Mr Hammond.

This week reports from County Hall, seen by this newspaper, showed that Mr Hammond received a handsome separation package from the authority and moved quickly into a new job that pays £130,000.

For a full report pick up tomorrow’s County Times.