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Careers & People - Your Next Move

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Wolverhampton City Council is looking for a chief legal officer, says Adrian O’Dowd

Wolverhampton City Council is recruiting a chief legal officer to take on a wide range of responsibilities and duties at a time of exciting change.

The post has become available due to a retirement.

As chief legal officer, the main responsibilities will be to provide all of the council’s legal support and advice.

Whoever takes on the role will also be the council’s monitoring officer and deputy returning officer responsible for electoral services. They will also be the chief legal officer to the West Midlands Pension Fund.

The new member of staff will report to Brian Bailey, director of resources and support, but as monitoring officer they will also report to the chief executive.

Mr Bailey says: “We are looking for someone with significant legal experience. As a top senior manager, they will be expected to contribute to the senior management of the council.

“They should have a strong leadership style and be able to carry staff through changing times and they need to have presence in front of council members.”

Wolverhampton is in the final stages of a bid for a strategic partner to help it change the organisation and manage a major IT investment.

The new person will head up a team of 68 people within the directorate of resources and support, which has about 900 people from Wolverhampton’s 13,000 staff.

Candidates from a wide range of backgrounds will be considered for the post.

Mr Bailey says: “We are quite open to get the best person for the job, but they will probably have had exposure to local authority work. That could be from working within a council, or from the private sector.”

One of the key factors of the job that will appeal to candidates is the range of responsibilities and duties they will have, Mr Bailey says.

“There is the added interest of the West Midlands Pension Fund which you wouldn’t normally get in a local authority. There are only a few councils that have a large pension fund responsibility,” he adds.
One of the issues that the successful candidate will work on when they join Wolverhampton will be major regeneration schemes that are ongoing in the city with other partners.

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