NEWRY, Mourne and Down District Council has appointed a new chief executive to replace the outgoing leader who is retiring in September. Following Liam Hannaway’s decision in March to retire at the end of September this year, recruitment has been underway to find his successor. After a rigorous selection process, final interviews took place today and Marie Ward, who is the council’s Director for Enterprise, Regenration and Tourism, has been offered the position of Chief Executive. Council Chairperson, Councillor Charlie Casey commented, “I am pleased to say that Marie has accepted the offer. Subject to the requisite pre-employment checks being completed, it is hoped that she will take up appointment in the autumn.” Marie has been a director in Newry, Mourne and Down District Council since April 2015 and has worked at a senior level in local government for over eight years. Marie, a Chartered Surveyor, was the first, and only female officer ever to be appointed to the position as head of a Group Building Control body in Northern Ireland, when she took up the post of Group Chief Building Control Officer in May 2011. She worked across five local authorities: Ards, North Down, Castlereagh, Lisburn and Down. Councillor… Read full this story
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