County council boss Nathan Elvery ‘currently away from duties’

West Sussex County Council boss Nathan Elvery is ‘currently away from duties’ the authority has confirmed.

Friday, 27th September 2019, 4:54 pm
Updated Friday, 27th September 2019, 5:54 pm
Nathan Elvery, chief executive of West Sussex County Council

He joined as chief executive on a £190,000 a year salary in 2016.

Lee Harris, executive director of place services, is covering the day to day running of the council, according to an internal email.

A spokesman for the county council said: “The chief executive is currently away from duties.”

During Mr Elvery’s tenure the county council received an ‘inadequate’ rating for its children’s services in May and a poor report for its fire and rescue services months later.

Repeated questions have also been asked about a £47,500 payment made by the county council to Mr Elvery originally believed to be for his relocation to West Sussex.