Council shake-up about efficiency - O’Connor

The town clerk and chief executive of Derry City Council, Sharon O'Connor.

The town clerk and chief executive of Derry City Council, Sharon O'Connor.

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The reorganisation of management structures at Derry City Council is not about cost-cutting but providing a more efficient service, chief executive Sharon O’Connor has said.

Ms O’Connor made the comment after presenting her report on the Council’s Management Reorganisational Review to staff this morning.

It’s thought it proposes significant changes in staffing at top levels in the Council.

The chief executive said it has now been agreed to move forward to the next stage of the review and that the report will be implemented in the coming weeks and months.

“The purpose of the report is to ensure that ratepayers in the Derry City Council area get quality and efficient public services,” she said.

“Derry City Council is committed to improving its service delivery and getting the right people in the right jobs. The change process announced this week is not specifically about cost-cutting but about delivering efficient and best value services to local residents as we prepare for the Review of Public Administration,” she added.

Ms O’Connor said the process of change was necessary in the current economic climate.

She also said the reorganisation is a key priority for Council and has been fully endorsed by elected members.