‘Super council’ chief sought

Derry City Council's current chief, Sharon O'Connor.
Derry City Council's current chief, Sharon O'Connor.
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The appointment of a chief executive to spearhead the new ‘super council’ in Derry and Strabane took a significant step forward this week.

An advertisement for the new job - which will command a salary of between £95,000 and £110,000 - appeared in a number of newspapers.

In all, the Northern Ireland Executive is looking to recruit chief executives for eleven new council areas.

As part of a radical reform programme, the number of councils is dropping from 26 to 11.

Derry City Council is currently led by its chief executive Sharon O’Connor while, in Strabane, Daniel McSorley is the interim chief.

It’s understood the appointments will initially be made by ‘Statutory Transition Committees’ in advance of the creation of the new councils

in 2014.

These new councils will then operate in shadow form alongside the existing 26, before taking up their full range of responsibilities in April

2015.

The advertisement for the new posts reveals that each new council will deliver “significant new functions” transferring from Stormont

Executive departments and other public bodies.

The advert adds: “This provides one of the most exciting and challenging career opportunities in the Northern Ireland public sector in recent

years... Each council needs an experienced individual who will relish this complex role.”

The closing date for applications is Monday, December 9. For further info, go to www.lgsc.org.uk