No local interviewees for chief role

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NONE of the local applicants for the States chief operating officer role was offered an interview, it has emerged.

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A total of 33 people applied for the job, of which three were from Jersey. The rest were from the UK, USA, Ireland and Dubai.

The successful applicant, John Quinn, was appointed to the role of chief operating officer in July. He previously worked as director of corporate services across both Westminster City Council and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

His boss, States chief executive Charlie Parker, was previously the chief executive of Westminster City Council.

The news comes as the total salary bill for the new management team, which comprises the treasurer, chief operating officer and six directors general is revealed. They will earn a collective £1,250,074, with individual salaries ranging from £116,667 to £175,000.

The previous equivalent roles – chief officers – earned up to £187,639 per year each, with a collective pay bill of £1,339,455.

When he appointed five people to his senior management team, Mr Parker said that the five appointments would strengthen the leadership of the public service.

Details of how many local candidates applied for key jobs were revealed by Senator Tracey Vallois in her capacity as chairman of the States Employment Board.

It came in response to a question from St Helier Deputy Mary Le Hegarat.

The answer shows one of three local applicants for the post of director general of Children’s, Young People, Education and Skills was shortlisted for interview, along with one of four who applied for the equivalent role in Justice and Home Affairs.

Gary Burgess

By Gary Burgess


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