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Is there any support for Andrea Hill?

This morning I have searched news and blogs for someone saying something nice about Andrea Hill, Suffolk County Council’s beleaguered chief executive. I could not find anything.

The feeling she is past her sell-by date in Suffolk does not seem to be a political thing. It is the Conservative supporting Daily Mail that is leading media criticism of her. Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles’s criticism of high pay seems to be aimed at her. I could find no praise of her at the Conservative Home blog.

In Suffolk, the Conservatives who appointed her, are silent. There are rumours of disquiet among Tories on the county council and their colleagues on district councils are privately expressing concern about the situation.

Kathy Pollard, the Lib Dem County Council leader talks of an object of hate on the streets of Suffolk and adds:

If I were her I’d get out before I was pushed. Ipswich Spy and James Hargrave are both calling for her to resign. However the last thing we want is some gigantic severance package. The people of Suffolk are suffering enough from the New Sadistic Direction.

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  1. Ed Walker says

    Been enjoying your coverage of what’s happening at Suffolk council. I think it’s interesting just how much the role of the chief executive has grown in councils over the last decade – particularly in the large urban areas. They can often wield more power than the elected politicians – yet what chance do journalists have to scrutinise the most highly paid staff role in the organisation?