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Liverpool appoints interim chief

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The boss of Liverpool City Council’s joint venture is to take on the authority’s top job for the next six months.

Dr David McElhinney, currently chief executive of the Liverpool Direct management consultant company set up with BT, is to do the top role at the council as an interim until they appoint a permanent replacement for Colin Hilton, who has retired.

A spokesman for Liverpool City Council said Dr McElhinney would have no line management responsibility for the contract with Liverpool Direct and that the arrangement had been approved by the district auditor.

City solicitor Paul Evans is to act as head of paid service and assistant city solicitor Michael Kenworthy is to become monitoring officer for the next six months in a move that will save the council £30,000.

Councillors have set their interim chief the task of carrying out a “root and branch review” of the council.

Dr McElhinney said: “The city is facing immense challenges, particularly with the major reductions in spending being imposed throughout the public sector. Every member of council staff has a responsibility to improve services, cut out waste and improve efficiency. We have to make sure every penny of council tax is spent efficiently and we are delivering the best services that people want and need.”

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