South West Wales

Pembrokeshire council appoints new chief executive

Ian Westley Image copyright Pembrokeshire council
Image caption Ian Westley, originally from Newport, has worked at Pembrokeshire council for 12 years

Pembrokeshire council has appointed a new chief executive after months of controversy.

The council's head of paid service, Ian Westley, replaces Bryn Parry-Jones who quit last October after a £277,000 severance deal was agreed.

It followed a row over cash payments in lieu of pension contributions which the Wales Audit Office said were unlawful.

He had been Wales's highest paid council chief, earning almost £200,000. His successor will be paid £130,000.

Sports car

It also emerged the council had been leasing a Porsche sports car for Mr Parry-Jones at the cost of £2,368 a month.

The former chief executive had used "underspend" from his car leasing deal in previous years towards the lease for the car.

The council paid £8,600 to cancel the contract for the Porsche Panamera when he left his post.

Image caption Bryn Parry-Jones stepped down as chief executive in October 2014
Image copyright Pembs Herald
Image caption Mr Parry-Jones's work car - a hybrid electric Porsche Panamera

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