No surprise then at some point later he apparently questioned the wisdom and commissioned a report, on the legality, my own view is that part of a chief executives job is to oversee the democratic process, not to think of opportunities for enhancements to salary.
When this was discussed, on the 21st of June, Liberal Democrat Cllr Tim Prater proposed an investigation, to ponder the recovery of the illegal payment, however Conservative councillors refused to even discuss recovery of the money, (why you might wonder?) fortunately for us the taxpayer due Mr Gilroy's honesty the money has now been returned.
Kent on Sunday yourCanterbury website reported "He claims he felt uneasy about awarding himself the money at the time, and that it was he who commissioned the review into returning officers’ pay which concluded the decision was not permitted in law.
Back in the real world, Conservative Cllr.Paul Carter leader of Kent Council is begging local schools not to become financially independent of KCC by becoming Academy's, given KCC's record in financial matters, child care and others you can well understand why school's would wish to cut out the middlemen.
Any news on Iceland? or that promised enquiry into child care services apparently promised by Paul Carter.
Finally this is a typical example of how Kent Conservatives handle things, in any other organisation, recovery of the overpayment would have been subject to discussion.
PS I wonder how much the "review" cost and also interest, and whether that was taking into account?