Orkney Islands Council has started the recruitment process for a new permanent chief executive to lead it through Covid-19 and into a bright future.
The successful candidate will play a “key role” in enhancing Orkney’s future prosperity – and will provide the “best possible services” at a time of challenge and change for local government.
The local authority’s former chief executive, Alistair Buchan, retired in November 2019, with John Mundell currently serving as interim chief executive.
Council Leader James Stockan said: “We are looking for applications from exceptional candidates with outstanding leadership qualities and a passion for the unique opportunity this post offers.
“We may be a small local authority, but our ambition is second to none. Where there is challenge, we look for opportunity.
“While funding from traditional sources may be shrinking, we are developing ways to generate new income streams from renewable energy that will also play a considerable role in making Orkney carbon neutral in the years ahead.
“We, along with the councils in Shetland and the Western Isles, have just secured a £100 million Islands Growth Deal from the UK and Scottish Governments – both recognise the scale of our ambition.”
Ongoing challenges include assisting the local community recover from the effects of the Covid-19 crisis.
Mr Stockan added: “This is an exciting time to take on this leadership role at the highest level of the organisation.”
Meanwhile, the council has also confirmed that grass pitches will be reopened for bookings today.
To make a booking clubs are asked to contact the Sport and Leisure service by calling 01856 873535 or emailing email@example.com.
Booking forms will also be made available on the Orkney Islands Council website, in the related downloads section.
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There will be no access to indoor changing facilities or toilets at this time to ensure adherence to Scottish Government guidelines.
From Tuesday, both Hatston and Garson Household Waste Recycling Centres will again be able to accept waste electrical and electronic equipment.
This includes black bag, bulky household and garden waste, together with cardboard and electrical waste and electronic equipment.