Job offer for top director

Hart homes rejected
Hart homes rejected

A DIRECTOR’S post at Hartlepool Borough Council looks to have been filled after candidates were interviewed by senior councillors.

Candidates for the position of director of child and adult services were interviewed at the Civic Centre yesterday and the job has been offered to one of the candidates.

But the successful candidate is not set to be announced until early next week once council chiefs have confirmed the appointment.

The post had been vacant since former director Nicola Bailey was appointed acting chief executive before she then 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 council’s appointments panel met yesterday morning to meet the shortlisted candidates.

Labour councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher, chairman of the eight-strong appointments panel, said: “We carried out interviews yesterday for the post of director of child and adult services and can confirm that the position has been offered to one of the candidates.

“We hope to be able to confirm the appointment soon.”

Coun Akers-Belcher, who is also the town’s ceremonial mayor, has previously described the role as an “extremely important post for the town of Hartlepool” and he said the local authority was hopeful of attracting a number of high calibre candidates.

The pay band for the post had already been slashed from £120,000 to £130,000 to between £100,000 and £110,000, in order to mirror the changes to the post of director of regeneration and neighbourhoods.

Ahead of the interview process, the post had been advertised internally and externally and a shortlist of suitable candidates was then drawn up.

Speaking last month, Dave Stubbs, the council’s chief executive, said the local authority had received a “good response” to the advert.

As previously reported, the recruitment and advertising process was expected to cost the council around £15,000, £12,000 less than the £27,000 originally earmarked.

The council’s appointments panel has held regular meetings over the last few weeks and had previously confirmed the job description and arrangements for the post ahead of the interview process.