Mayor Rees responds to Graham's petition about the £70k “GOLDEN GOODBYE” given to former chief executive Anna Klonowski
Here is Mayor Rees’ response to Graham’s Petition, which was signed by many Westbury & Henleaze residents:
While this is clearly a subject you are exercised about, there is no benefit to the city in a costly and unnecessary public enquiry into what are HR and personal matters.
Anna had well publicised personal circumstances and as a result of us taking actions as a caring employer, we allowed her to leave her post early for her to focus on her role as primary carer for her parents. I fully supported her decision.
Ms Klonowski was not paid any additional sum and left the council on the terms of the contract that was agreed by the HR committee during the recruitment process and in advance of any appointment.
The agreement on the former chief executive’s contract was agreed by the HR committee and all processes were open and transparent.
Bristol Live have reported, “Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees did not adhere to financial good practice guidelines over an alleged £70,000 payment to Bristol City Council’s former chief executive, an independent review has found.
"The council’s external auditor, BDO, said the payment given to Anna Klonowski when she left her post breached financial advice.”
You can read the full Bristol Live article here.