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BRUM TO CONSIDER NEXT MOVE IN CHIEF EXEC SAGA

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Birmingham City Council's appointments panel will re-convene next week to decide its next move in the appointment o...
Birmingham City Council's appointments panel will re-convene next week to decide its next move in the appointment of a new chief executive.

After withdrawing its offer to Valerie Lemmie, councillors decided to lie low for a few weeks before assessing their options (LGC, 21 December 2001).

It is believed they have used this time to have informal talks with four of the short-listed candidates before deciding on their strategy. The council has the option of either appointing someone from the original short-list, if they are agreeable, or re-advertising the post. The latter is an expensive option and would be harder to justify.

Bob Kerslake, chief executive of Sheffield City Council, and Colin Sinclair, chief executive of Sunderland City Council, were both on the short-list along with two international candidates.

Meanwhile Ms Lemmie has been unable to hammer out a satisfactory deal with city commissioners in Dayton, Ohio, to continue as the city's manager. She is now being courted for jobs elsewhere in the US. Cincinnati mayor Charlie Luken is known to have approached her with a job offer.
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