Council chief shortlisting

Shortlisting has begun in the process to appoint Derry City Council’s new chief executive.

Council hopes to appoint its new boss - who’ll earn up to £107,500 a year - by early September.

Eight months have now passed since Valerie Watts quit the Derry job to take up a new post in Scotland.

The previous recruitment drive earlier in the year - which Council confirmed cost £18,000 - concluded with no appointment made.

The ‘Journal’ has learned that the new “candidate attraction” process - which is being managed by a firm of specialist consultants - moved into the shortlisting stage this week.

A spokesperson for the City Council would only say that the application process was “ongoing”.

She added: “It is hoped that, if the recruitment process is successful, an appointment will be made in early September.”

She said it would be inappropriate to provide confidential details on candidates being considered for the position.

“The appointment of a new Town Clerk remains an immediate priority for the organisation and John Meehan will remain as Acting Town Clerk and Chief Executive until a new appointment is made,” she added.

Derry Mayor Maurice Devenney has said Council wants to appoint someone who has a “visionary” role to play.