PLANS to fill a director’s position at Hartlepool Borough Council will move a step closer this week when a shortlist is drawn up.
The local authority is looking to recruit to the position of director of child and adult services, which has been vacant since former director Nicola Bailey was appointed acting chief executive.
Mrs Bailey left the local authority last September to take up a new job within the NHS and since then assistant directors have taken on the responsibilities.
The post has been advertised internally and externally and a shortlist is expected to be drawn up by councillors at a meeting on Friday.
Once the number of candidates has been whittled down, interviews are expected to be held in July.
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.
Dave Stubbs, the council’s chief executive, said: “We’ve had a good response to the advertisement for the director of child and adult services post and the appointments panel will meet this Friday to draw up a shortlist of candidates.
“Interviews are expected to take place in July.”
Labour councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher, chairman of the panel, has previously 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.”
As previously reported, the recruitment and advertising process will cost the council around £15,000-£12,000 less than the £27,000 originally earmarked.
The council’s appointments panel has previously confirmed the job description and arrangements for the post.
The appointments panel is due to meet this Friday, at noon at the Civic Centre, in Victoria Road, Hartlepool.