Magazine article Public Finance

Denham Asked to Apologise for 'Boomerang Bosses' Slur

Magazine article Public Finance

Denham Asked to Apologise for 'Boomerang Bosses' Slur

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Council chief executives are calling for Communities Secretary John Denham to apologise after a governmentcommissioned investigation into chief executives' severance deals found few examples of 'boomerang bosses'.

Denham ordered the review last year, citing a 'spate of cases' of chief executives who receive payoffs on their departure but then find another top job in local government

The Audit Commission study, By mutual agreement, published on March 16, found that 122 chief executives left their positions between January 2007 and September 2009. Thirty-seven of these received a severance package, but only six were re-employed in local government within a year.

David Clark, director general of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers, told Public Finance: 'Denham should apologise - he was looking for all these chief executives leaving one local authority with a payoff and becoming chief exec of another. …

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