States of Alderney Chief Executive Andrew Muter parted company with the States, reportedly with a hefty payout.
Mr Muter left Alderney in July but continued as Alderney’s serving CEO until this week.
States Members and the civil service were advised by the law officers not to make any comment on his absence.
Former Chief Secretary of Home Affairs for the States of Guernsey was recruited by the States three month ago on an interim basis to carry out CEO duties.
The States of Alderney yesterday released this brief announcement.
‘The Chief Executive of the States of Alderney, Mr Andrew Muter, has stepped down from the role by mutual agreement.
‘This change takes effect immediately.’
Mr Muter, who was appointed CEO in 2017 with a five year contract, is understood to have been awarded a payout of just over £100,000 by the States of Alderney. No-one at the States of Alderney would confirm or deny the figure.
According to a recent People’s Meeting the Island has had to pay for both a serving and acting CEO in recent months.
The exact current salary for Alderney’s CEO role is unknown. But in 2014 the pay scale for a grade 10 post, which is believed to be the grade of Alderney’s top civil servant, was between £111,139 and £125,307.
Mr Muter had announced his intention to resign from his post as CEO in February. However in April, in the midst of the Covid crisis, States of Alderney President William Tate told local radio listeners that he had been persuaded to stay on.
Before Mr Muter left for the mainland there had been reports he had been unhappy about civil service capacity at that time and the strain that caused in the workplace.