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SHETLAND PROCEDURE REVIEW AFTER MUSICAL CHAIRS

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Shetland Islands Council will shortly be appointing a temporary head of paid service, its fifth change at the top i...
Shetland Islands Council will shortly be appointing a temporary head of paid service, its fifth change at the top in little more than 12 months, after finally removing the chief executive it recruited last May.

Convenor Lewis Smith said the council would not be in a hurry to appoint a permanent replacement for Nick Reiter.

But a temporary replacement will have to be found immediately because the existing acting chief executive, George Sutherland, has asked to return to his normal duties as head of marine operations.

'My main concern is to review our appointments procedures before rushing into anything,' Mr Smith said.

But he conceded the frequent changes at the top since the sudden death of Malcolm Green in November 1997 had taken their toll. 'The business of the council has continued as usual, but I think there are perhaps some areas where we have some catching up to do,' he said, referring to government initiatives such as community planning.
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