Last Monday saw two new officials take up their positions with Mayo County Council as part of its senior management team, following a recent recruitment campaign, carried out by the Public Appointment Service, two vacancies for the post of director of services have been filled. The posts had been vacant since the retirement of Joe Loftus in last May and move of Paddy Mahon to take over as chief executive of Longford County Council last year.
One of those appointed to the positions was Catherine McConnell, a Ballinrobe native who is a planner by profession and has worked in a number of local authorities including Mayo, Sligo, Meath, and most recently Galway County Council, where she has been acting director of services since 2014. Also taking up the position of director of services is John Condon. Originally from Tipperary, Mr Condon has worked in Dublin City Council, Kildare County Council, Athy Town Council, and Castlebar Town Council in addition to his more recent years in Mayo County Council as senior executive officer and has been acting director of services since May 2017.
The appointment of these two new directors of services sees the area of responsibilities divided out as follows: John Condon - water services, environment, climate change, and emergency services with Castlebar Municipal District. Peter Duggan - financial management and motor tax. Tom Gilligan - housing, roads, and services development with Ballina Municipal District. Joanne Grehan - communications, information systems and corporate development with Claremorris Municipal District. and Catherine McConnell - planning, economic, and community development with West Municipal District