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The Chief Executive - Kathy O’Leary

The role of Chief Executive is a full-time appointment made on merit, against objective criteria, following public advertisement. The appointment is made by the whole Council. By law, the Chief Executive (as with other senior staff) is not allowed to participate in any party political activity.

As Chief Executive, they are the Council’s Head of Paid Service and Proper Officer for a number of statutory functions. The responsibilities are set out in the Council’s Constitution.

The Chief Executive is expected to show community leadership and represent the Council on various strategic bodies and partnerships. In addition, they may be elected or invited to serve on regional or national bodies as a result of their position as Chief Executive.

They are the District Controller for emergency planning and civil contingencies.

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