Decision time over Hartlepool Borough Council director

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PLANS to fill a director’s post at Hartlepool Borough Council could cost as much as £27,500, it has been revealed.

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

Mrs Bailey then left the local authority in September 2012 to take up a new job within the NHS. Since then assistant directors have taken on the responsibilities.

It has already been decided the post will be advertised internally and externally and an appointments panel will meet to confirm the job description, process for the final interview and arrangements for promoting the post.

That could include spending £15,000 on advertising costs, £10,000 on appointing a recruitment agency and £2,500 on recruitment consultant support.

A report said a recruitment agency would “help identify a greater pool” of candidates for a post of “high importance”.

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.

The panel meets on Tuesday, May 7, at 3pm at the Civic Centre, in Victoria Road.