Mid Ulster super council set to appoint new chief

Northern Ireland's new super councils
Northern Ireland's new super councils

The new chief executive of the Mid Ulster super council will be announced in the coming weeks.

It is believed that none of the present incumbents at Dungannon, Cookstown and Magherafelt councils are in the final running for the much sought after post which will command a salary of around £100,000.

The new chief will have to manage the tricky process of amalgamating the three councils as well as steering the Mid-Ulster council through what is already being predicted as ‘a rocky couple of years’ by a council source.

The open recruitment process for the post has raised heckles in local government circles.

The new super council will have additional functions that will transfer from central government, such as planning, urban regeneration, local economic development and off street parking.

The council source has warned that rates could rise considerably to help fund the transition to the amalgamated council and its increased role in providing local services.

The appointment of chief executives to Northern Ireland’s new ‘super councils’ has been hit with delays, with council bodies intitially expected to appoint leaders for the 11 councils by last December.