Council axes high profile officials

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Derry City Council has axed several senior officials, the Journal can reveal.

Three senior staff have been handed notice of redundancy in recent days with more high profile lay-offs expected to follow.

The move is part of the ongoing restructuring of the local authority under the Transforming Derry City Council programme.

The senior figures handed compulsory redundancy notice are Recreation and Leisure manager Jeff Ashe, Chief Environmental Officer Philip O’Doherty and Guildhall Superintendent Colin Sharp.

NIPSA union representative Paddy Casey confirmed that the notices had been served, adding that “there is potential for significantly more”.

He said “consultations are ongoing with other members of staff” who were told in recent weeks that their roles are at risk.

Derry City Council say the changes are aimed at improving services. See p6.

The restructuring process saw 14 senior management roles axed and the creation of eight heads of service with three strategic directors last year.