Charlie Adan, the Chief Executive of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, left her post on 30 June.
Ms Adan, who was previously Chief Executive of Babergh and Mid Suffolk Councils, was appointed to the role at Kingston two years ago.
The current Deputy Chief Executive at the Council, Roy Thompson – who has been at Kingston for 12 years – will become interim Chief Executive following Ms Adan’s departure for up to 12 months or until a permanent CEO is appointed.
The Deputy Chief Executive position will remain vacant during this time which will result in a reduction in senior management costs of £190,000 over the course of the year. This will help to offset the overall cost of the departure which totals £312,000 including pension costs.
Speaking of Ms Adan’s departure, the Leader of the Council, Cllr Liz Green, said:
“I want to thank Charlie for the work she has put in as Chief Executive over the past two years. I recognise that the former administration thought highly of her work and that she had exemplary appraisals from them. The new administration will be taking the Council in a new direction and this will require a change to the way the organisation is led and managed. I am grateful to Charlie for agreeing to leave at this time.”
Charlie Adan said:
“I am very sorry to be leaving Kingston. I have greatly enjoyed working for the Royal Borough over the last two years and together with a great team of officers, partners and councillor colleagues, we have achieved a lot. I was set the task of bringing about change and transformation, and I have done so. I have focused on achieving outcomes, transforming the way the council works and creating a new operating model to meet the challenges facing the Council. Our ‘No Stone Unturned’ strategic financial review created a financial plan to meet funding constraints. I have fundamentally changed the organisation’s design and culture and will be leaving a highly networked team, a leaner, fitter and more focused organisation with greatly reduced workforce costs. I will be sad to be leaving such a high quality team”.