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New Man In Charge of Cornwall: 'I'm No Fat Cat'

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:01am 13th January 2014. (Updated at 3:27pm 13th January 2014)

The new man in charge of running Cornwall tells Pirate FM he is no fat cat.

Andrew Kerr is taking over as Chief Exec at the council.

He says the Duchy is a beautiful place - but we have got to work out a way of doing more with less as more government cuts to funding loom.

Last week it was announced libraries in Cornwall are going to be closed for another day a week, while mobile libraries could be taken off the road completely.

There was controversy over Mr Kerr's predecessor, Kevin Lavery, whose salary topped £200,000.

We do not know exactly how much Mr Kerr is going to be paid - but it is somewhere between £158,000-£176,000.

He told Pirate FM: "My salary is already much less than the previous Chief Executive's salary and Cornwall made a decision to do so. I think that's common across the country. What we are going to do is make sure we're reducing the cost of senior management right across the board.

"I think I applied for and was given the job at the market rate for Chief Executives at large local authorities. That's what I've done - I've accepted the job. I haven't always been paid that salary. I've spent most of my career on much less than that.

"We're trying to spend a large amount of European funding over the next five years to make sure the infrastructure of Cornwall is fit for purpose. But we've also got to run the council with a lot less - £195m less over the next five years. We also need to make sure we devolve as much power to local people to have a say in the services they want delivered by Cornwall Council and other places in the public sector. Putting those three things together provide one very big professional challenge - which I'm relishing taking up."

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