Interviews for director

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CANDIDATES vying for a vacant director’s post are being interviewed for the post this week.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s appointments panel has been meeting behind closed doors over the past couple of weeks to discuss plans for the vacant director of regeneration and neighbourhoods position.

The post was previously held by Dave Stubbs, before he was confirmed as the new chief executive.

The closing date for applications was last Thursday with interviews set to take place this Friday, November 30.

It has not yet been announced how many people will be interviewed for the post, which has been advertised internally initially.

But it has been confirmed the salary will be reduced from £130,000 to between £100,000 and £110,000, based on five performance-related increments.

It follows a decision to reduce the chief executive’s salary to between £140,000 and £150,000 from £168,000 as part of the ongoing efforts across the authority to cut costs.

The eight-strong cross party appointments panel will make recommendations to a future full council meeting.

Labour councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher, chairman of the appointments panel, said: “This is a key post within the authority and the successful applicant will form part of the council’s corporate management team.

“The panel also agreed to reduce the salary following on from an earlier decision to reduce the salary of the chief executive’s post.”

He added that there will be a salary range from £100,000 to £110,000 incorporating five increments which will be performance-related.

Coun Akers-Belcher said: “The panel felt that the salary reduction from the current figure of £130,000 was appropriate given the financial squeeze on the authority and the ongoing efforts to make savings.”

Mr Stubbs, 64, replaced acting chief executive Nicola Bailey, who left to work within the NHS as managing director of North Durham Clinical Commissioning Group.