Leitrim councillor unhappy with process of appointing new Chief Executive

An Independent councillor has expressed serious concerns regarding the process behind the appointment of the new chief executive of Leitrim County Council.

Des Guckian objects to councillors’ lack of involvement, and has expressed reservations about another man from the southeast being chosen for the role.



Lar Power is due to be ratified as the chief executive of Leitrim County Council tomorrow, having been chosen for the role by the Public Appointments Service.

The current deputy chief executive of Waterford City and County Council will, if confirmed for the position, earn a salary of nearly €127,000 a year.

However, Independent councillor Des Guckian has concerns about the appointment and in an email to fellow councillors and council officials, sent on Monday and seen by Shannonside FM, he says it appears members are being called together to rubberstamp the appointment of Mr Power.

He believes before tomorrow’s meeting, councillors should be provided with a copy of his CV, the criteria used by the interview panel and the points scored by each candidate.

Councillor Guckian says he’s concerned that this will be the second Waterford person appointed to the role, though Mr Power is actually a native of Wexford.

Referring to Mr Curran’s three years and eight months in the position, Councillor Guckian says ‘the last one did not last too long’.

Further questioning the appointment process so far, Councillor Guckian says councillors should be given an opportunity to interview him informally before deciding whether to accept or reject his appointment.

Councillor Guckian declined to comment when contacted yesterday.