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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Carlisle City Council prepared to pay £104,000 salary to new leader

Carlisle City Council is looking for an “inspirational” leader to replace chief executive Maggie Mooney who retired last month.

Maggie Mooney photo
Maggie Mooney

It is prepared to pay the right applicant the £104,462-a-year salary that Ms Mooney received.

Other benefits include a car allowance worth up to £9,496 a year, final-salary pension, up to 33 days’ annual holiday and relocation expenses up to £10,000.

Advertisements have appeared on the council’s website, in The Guardian and in the Municipal Journal.

Applicants will receive a letter from council leader Mike Mitchelson, explaining what is required.

The letter says: “Carlisle City Council already provides very good services to residents.

“But we are also only too aware that we need to transform the way we operate in order to further develop and improve the services we provide.

“The ability to inspire and support staff through a time of change will be crucial.

“You must be prepared to challenge existing practices and identify new ways of delivering services that are innovative, efficient, provide value for money and meet the needs of all our residents.”

The job description says the council is looking for a senior executive with a “consistent record of achievement” and a “demonstrable track record” of delivering major improvements in services.

The right person will be an “entrepreneurial, courageous and measured risk taker” displaying “the highest standards of personal conduct, probity, credibility, honesty and integrity”.

The council’s deputy chief executive, Dr Jason Gooding, is in temporary charge following Ms Mooney’s departure.

He is a contender to land the job permanently.

Applications close on October 19. A panel of senior councillors will interview the shortlisted candidates.

They hope to recommend an appointment to the full council on November 8.

Have your say

Congratulations to Phil, it sounds like he made the shortlist for Carlisle's chief executive.

Posted by Hugh on 16 October 2011 at 12:57

Hard times or not, can't believe it isn't more. Want the best, pay the best - for the decisions and responsibilities that they have to make this should be the starting base for salary negotiations, not the maximum.

Posted by Phil on 15 October 2011 at 07:31

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