Applications sought for job of Wexford County Manager
THE PRESTIGIOUS job of Wexford County Manager is up for grabs.
An advertisement in the national Press says the successful candidate will play a pivotal role in leading the social, economic and physical development of the county, in conjunction with the elected members of the local authority.
For most of this year, following the retirement of former county manager Eddie Breen, director of services Adrian Doyle has been acting county manager.
He was appointed acting county manager following internal interviews in which two other candidates took part.
The full-time post of county manager is open to anyone who is suitably qualified and experienced and is open to county managers serving other counties as well as senior members based locally.
'Many of the staff and councillors would hope that Adrian Doyle will get the job,' said a local source.
'He's very practical and hands on and is regarded as a manager who gets things done.'
While the 'normal' job of county manager is challenging enough, the next county manager will also have to oversee the changes visited on local government by the government's 'Putting People First' programme under which town and borough councils will disappear to be absorbed in metropolitan authorities with sub-committees taking the place of the old councils.
It is a well-paid position. A 2012 national sampling of county manager's salaries put the Wexford position as attracting a salary of €142,479 a year, plus expenses.