New Council chief starts

Sharon O'Connor, Derry City Council's new Chief Executive Officer, pictured at her office in Strand Road yesterday morning. 2810JM20
Sharon O'Connor, Derry City Council's new Chief Executive Officer, pictured at her office in Strand Road yesterday morning. 2810JM20

Derry City Council’s new chief executive officially started her job this week.

Speaking at her first monthly meeting of the local authority on Tuesday, Sharon O’Connor said she had been made to feel “very welcome” to the city.

“I have been overwhelmed by the warmth of the welcome given to me from staff and representatives of the business community and community organisations,” she said. “I have come to do what I can for the people of Derry City.”

The new chief executive was welcomed to the meeting by all parties on Council.

DUP Alderman Joe Millar said he hoped her time in the city would be “long and fruitful” while the SDLP’s Brenda Stevenson said she was arriving at “a time of great challenge for the city.”

Sinn Féin’s Maeve McLaughlin added: “This is a time of great opportunity for our city and region... and I look forward to engaging with you.”

The UUP’s Mary Hamilton also welcomed the new chief executive to the city.