Six shortlisted candidates have been undergoing gruelling interviews this week for the soon-to-be-vacant post of Town Clerk of Penarth.
The new appointee will step into the shoes of the highly capable and experienced Shan Bowden who will be retiring later this year .
The Town Clerk not only oversees the running of the council’s day-to-day operations and its staff but also has an important role in keeping members of the council in line – ensuring that they observe proper procedures and act within their remit.
Candidates for the £45,129 a year Town Clerk job had to fill in a searching application form – in which – (amongst other pertinent questions) they have to divulge whether they have had any criminal convictions – and whether they could speak Welsh.
On Wedneday evening the final shortlisted half-dozen then faced an “informal” reception with councillors, staff and members of Penarth Youth Action at the council’s HQ at West House on Stanwell Road on Wednesday evening .
Yesterday morning they each had to make 15-minute-long presentations to the interview panel comprising the Leader of the Council, Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines), Cllr Rhiannon Birch (Labour Cornerswell), Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines), Cllr Martin Turner (Conservative Plymouth Ward) and Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward) will choose the preferred candidate .
Yesterday afternoon there were extensive interviews with all six
This morning the panel was meeting again to make its final selection.
The announcement of the name of the winning candidate is unlikely to be made public until the five unsuccessful candidates have been informed of their result and could be further delayed if references need to be taken up.