Current Westport town manager Peter Hynes is to be appointed as the new county manager, replacing Des Mahon who retired from the post at the end of November last year. The Moycullen native, who lives in Foxford, will be put forward for ratification at the May monthly meeting of Mayo County Council. Mr Hynes currently combines the role of Westport town manager along with director of services for the Westport and Belmullet electoral areas and as director of services for the housing section of the council.
The position of county manager was advertised in January of this year and Hynes beat off the other candidates to claim the €150,000 a year position. Peter Hynes began his career in Mayo County Council as an architect and was the county architect before being appointed as director of services. Since the retirement of Des Mahon, county engineer Joe Beirne has been acting county manager.