Director post set to be advertised

Coun Stephen Akers-Belcher
Coun Stephen Akers-Belcher

PLANS to fill a director’s post at Hartlepool Borough Council will step up when the post is advertised next week.

Hartlepool council is looking to recruit a director of child and adult services, which has been vacant since former director Nicola Bailey was appointed acting chief executive.

Hartlepool Civic Centre.

Hartlepool Civic Centre.

Mrs Bailey left the local authority last September to take up a new job within the NHS. Since then assistant directors have taken on the responsibilities.

The post is being advertised internally and externally and the recruitment and advertising process will cost around £15,000, £12,000 less than the £27,000 originally earmarked.

The current pay band for the post is £120,000 to £130,000 but that has been slashed to between £100,000 and £110,000 to mirror the changes to the post of director of regeneration and neighbourhoods.

An appointments panel has confirmed the job description and arrangements for the post.

Labour councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher, chairman of the panel, said: “This is an extremely important post for the town of Hartlepool and we are hopeful that it will attract a number of high calibre candidates.

“Given the financial pressures facing the council, we are committed to making savings wherever we can so the salary for this post has been reduced by £20,000.

“The panel has also given consideration to the most efficient way of recruiting to the post, including advertising, and we will be making further savings of around £12,000 on the original figure of up to £27,000 which was earmarked previously.

“We expect the post to be advertised within the next week.”