Margot Dunn, one of five councillors appointed to a special committee set up to find a new education chief, said the£70,000 salary being offered made the task 'extremely difficult'.
She said: 'We are not offering the kind of money that is standard in surrounding areas. The going rate in£75,000-£80,000.'
The job has been advertised twice in the national media. During the first selection process five people were shortlisted, only for four to drop out before the interview stage. A specialist team of headhunters has now been employed by the council to draw up another shortlist.