Knowsley Council to appoint new chief executive Mike Harden on reduced wage

Mike Harden Image copyright Knowsley Council
Image caption Mike Harden will take over from out-going chief executive Sheena Ramsay

Knowsley Council is poised to appoint a new chief executive - paying them £30,000 less than their predecessor.

Sheena Ramsey stood down from her £192,000-per year post as part of a move to find £26m in savings, which will also see 200 job losses.

A report being considered by councillors next week recommends current deputy Mike Harden be given the top job.

He is set to be paid £160,000 for the role, described as "more hands on".

The management restructure will also result in the loss of "several senior manager posts" to "realise more savings", the authority said.

A statement in documents prepared ahead of next week's full council meeting stated that meeting "the current challenges will require the chief executive to be less of a 'figurehead' and instead to take a more 'hands on' approach".

Mr Harden had "displayed all of the skills, abilities and experience" to fill the new role, the statement said.

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