Front-Runner Loses out as New Sefton Chief Chosen; Council Appoints Pounds 150k Chief Executive

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Front-Runner Loses out as New Sefton Chief Chosen; Council Appoints Pounds 150k Chief Executive


Byline: BY ALAN WESTON Daily Post Staff

THE new pounds 150,000-a-year chief executive of Sefton Council was unveiled last night.

A meeting of the full council formally approved the appointment of Margaret Carney, currently an executive director at Rochdale Council.

Ms Carney was one of six candidates for the position, made vacant by the retirement of Graham Haywood, who was chief executive for 16 years.

The shortlist included the borough's current children's services director, Bryn Marsh, who was heavily tipped for the role.

However, last night's meeting was told that Ms Carney was the unanimous choice of the threestrong selection panel, made up of Lib Dem leader Cllr Tony Robertson, Conservative deputy leader Cllr Paula Parry and Labour cabinet leader Cllr Ian Maher.

The appointment followed a lengthy recruitment process which began in May, and included a long-listing exercise, preliminary interviews and then a formal interview process for the short-listed candidates earlier this week.

The two-day formal interviews process involved presentations, a tour of the borough and meetings with the political leaders and chief officers of the council.

Cllr Robertson said: "This has been a lengthy process and I am satisfied that we have found the right person to continue to move the authority forward. …

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