Paul Reid to become new County Manager
THE council has approved the appointment of a new county manager who is set to take up the position at the end of this month.
The appointment of Paul Reid to the top job in Fingal County Council has been confirmed by a vote of councillors at the council's montly meeting.
The Public Appointments Service recommended Paul Reid for appointment as Fingal County Manager and following an informal meeting with the incoming manager, councillors approved his appointment.
Mr. Reid has confirmed that he will accept appointment to the post and has indicated that he would be available to take up duty on March 31, 2014.
Cllr. Ruth Coppinger (SP) complained that the new manager was not available to take questions at the meeting but her fellow councillors explained that because he was not formally appointed, he could not address the chamber.
He did however, meet with councillors prior to this month's meeting of the full council in a discussion at the council's OMP (Orginisational and Management Procedures) Committee where he laid out his 'vision' for the county in an hour-long discussion.
Cllr. Coppinger said she had 'some concerns about the appointment' of Mr Reid and said he had a role in implementing cuts in the public service. 'I hope that kind of ethos won't be brought in by the manager,' she said.
Mayor Kieran Dennison (FG) said the incoming manager had explained his vision for the county and told councillors why he wanted to take on the job.
Cllr. Ciaran Byrne (Lab) said that Mr Reid made a comprehensive statement to councillors and discussed how he would work with the elected members on a 'joint vision for the future' of the county.
Cllr. Darragh Butler (FF) said that a number of issues were raised in the meeting from Fingal's housing crisis to the future of Metro North and Swords Castle and he said he was happy to welcome the new manager and hoped his appointment would be 'positive for Fingal'.
Paul Reid is the former Chief Operations Officer in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and replaces David O'Connor, who stepped down last year, and acting county manager, Peter Caulfield who congratulated the new incumbent on winning the post.
Mr. Reid is on record as saying that he was 'really excited and privileged' to be recommended for this position.
He said: 'Fingal comes with a strong reputation in local government for being a very progressive county in terms of attracting investment and strengthening social inclusion.
'I look forward to continuing this progress, working with the Mayor, elected councillors, Fingal management and staff, Government, trade unions and local communities.'