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New council chief executives to be recruited through open competition - Attwood

DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT

Environment Minister Alex Attwood has announced that Chief Executive appointments to the 11 new councils will be made through open competition.

 

 

Alex Attwood said: “I have taken the decision to recruit the new council Chief Executives through full open competition. I believe that this is the fairest and most effective way to fill the posts.

 

“These posts are complex and challenging and key to the successful implementation of local government reform. They are fundamentally different to the current chief executive posts. Not only will all councils cover a geographically larger area and serve a bigger population base, they will also deliver significant new functions and operate within a new governance framework. The job specification should clearly reflect this growth, the task of building a new organisation and reflect the transformation challenges inherent in the job.”

 

He added: “It is key that a full range of candidates is available. This will require robust selection and opening the opportunity to as wide a pool as possible.”

 

Within the next few weeks, a Statutory Transition Committee for each new council will be in place. It will be the Committee’s responsibility to appoint the chief executive designate for its corresponding new council. It is anticipated that new post holders will be in place by the end of this year and they will then transfer across to the new councils once elected in 2014.

 

Notes to editors:

 

 1. Any current chief executive who chooses not to apply for the new posts or who is unsuccessful will continue in his/her existing post until the current councils wind up on 31 March 2015. At that stage, he/she may choose to take voluntary severance or would have the opportunity to seek appointment to other suitable senior local government positions under the internal (restricted pool) procedures. If it is impossible to identify a suitable alternative, they would be made compulsorily redundant.

 2. Regulations to establish Statutory Transition Committees will be laid in the Assembly shortly. It is expected that these will be made before Summer Recess.

 3. All media enquiries should be directed to the DOE Press Office on 028 9025 6058. Out of office hours, please contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07699 715 440 and your call will be returned.

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