Posted: Fri 10th Jun 2022

Interviews to find Council Chief Officer who will “maximise economic prosperity across the County Borough” for people living in or visiting the wrexham area

A panel of councillors are set to interview candidates for a key Chief Officer role in Wrexham today.

Wrexham Council is hunting a new Chief Officer Economy & Planning, with the Appointments Committee set to meet this morning to probe shortlisted people who want the key job.

The salary range is £90k- £101k and whoever is appointed could likely shape a vast part of Wrexham for decades to come.

The overview of the role includes the following breakdown that demonstrates the huge responsibility for whoever gets the post:

To lead on the Council’s approach to growth, place shaping and development of the Economy in line with the Welsh Governments strategy/programme and post covid recovery.

To maximise economic prosperity across the County Borough through business development, physical regeneration, tourism, heritage and culture and working with other services, partners and stakeholders.

To contribute positively on regional and national regeneration and place shaping initiatives which will improve Wrexham as a place and wider service delivery for the citizens of Wrexham

To define and oversee the provision of leisure, library and cultural services to ensure that the Council provides an efficient service that delivers value to the community, either in house or with partners.

To oversee the production and implementation of the Council’s Local Development Plan which reflects the needs of the citizens and communities of Wrexham.

To ensure effective management and continuous improvement of the development management function for Planning. To ensure the development and delivery of the public protection functions, including environmental health, and Trading standards, in order that it meets the statutory requirements and post-covid needs. To lead and manage the Council’s emergency planning function

Today’s meeting will see a discussion on interview questions, the formal interviews and presentations, and then an assessment and deliberation session.

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