Council hopeful of appointing new chief executive by end of month

Shetland Islands Council could have a new chief executive in place by the end of the month, according to convener Sandy Cluness.

The panel created to oversee the appointment of a replacement for David Clark, who left the post in February under a storm of controversy, held its latest meeting today. Speaking afterwards, Mr Cluness said local government umbrella body Cosla appeared to be making “good progress” in headhunting potential candidates.

It is hoped that a list can be provided to the panel before the next Full Council meeting on 19th May and members will then have to whittle the list down to a shortlist for interviews before informing all councillors. Mr Cluness said he hoped interviews could take place and an appointment could possibly be made in late May or early June.

Those sitting alongside Mr Cluness on the panel are Florence Grains, Robert Henderson, Bill Manson, Gary Robinson, Cecil Smith and Allan Wishart.

Mr Clark left the SIC after only eight months in the job with a tax-free £250,000 pay-off, which is expected to cost the taxpayer up to £500,000 and sparked public anger. Councillors subsequently agreed to ask Cosla to find candidates willing to take on the post on an interim basis to try and steer the SIC into calmer waters through and beyond the next set of elections in May 2012.


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