Panel to meet again

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A PANEL of councillors discussing plans to fill a vacant director’s post at Hartlepool Borough Council will meet again tomorrow.

Hartlepool Council’s appointments panel met behind closed doors on Thursday to discuss plans to fill the vacant director of regeneration and neighbourhoods post.

That was the first meeting and members have asked for more information before moving on to the actual recruitment phase.

The panel will meet at the Civic Centre tomorrow.

The director’s position had been held by Dave Stubbs before his recent appointment as chief executive.

The eight-strong cross party appointments panel, which will decide on the process of filling the post, will then make a recommendation to a future full council meeting.

They could decide to advertise the post internally initially, as was the case with the chief executive appointment.

Labour councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher, chair of the appointments panel, said: “The appointments panel met for the first time earlier this week but requested further information before it proceeds to the recruitment phase.

“The panel will however, reconvene on Tuesday, November 13.”

Other panel members include Mayor Stuart Drummond, Labour councillors Christopher Akers-Belcher, Chris Simmons, Marjorie James and Peter Jackson, Conservative group leader Ray Wells and Putting Hartlepool First councillor, Keith Dawkins.

The statutory responsibilities of the director of regeneration and neighbourhoods will continue to be carried out by Mr Stubbs until a permanent replacement is appointed.

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.

Mrs Bailey was formerly director of child and adult services.

Councillors have agreed that role will continue to be shared between assistant directors until a permanent appointment or another arrangement through collaboration with neighbouring councils is decided.