Top job at Laois County Council’s finally filled

John Mulholland, incoming CEO of Laois County Council.
After nearly a year of having no permanent boss, Laois County Council is finally set to get a new chief executive.

After nearly a year of having no permanent boss, Laois County Council is finally set to get a new chief executive.

The acting chief executive of Kilkenny County Council John Mulholland is soon to take up the top job at county hall in Portlaoise it emerged this week.

The Kilkenny People reported that Mr Mulholland, a director of services in the Marble city for several years, had been carrying out the duties of chief executive since the resignation of Joe Crockett in Kilkenny last June. He will now fill the vacancy created by the departure of Peter Carey from County Hall in Portlaoise last summer.

Mr Mulholland will become the third senior member of the council executive to leave Kilkenny this year. The top job in Kilkenny goes to Colette Byrne, who held the top job in Offaly County Council. She was formally appointed by the elected members at Monday’s meeting of Kilkenny County Council.

Laois’ director of finance Jerry Murphy had been acting CEO in Portlaoise for the best part of a year.

Under the recent reform of local Government the county manager’s job was renamed chief executive.

Mr Mulholland’s appointment is likely to go before councillors next Monday, July 27 confirmed Cllr John Joe Fennelly, the cathoirleach of Laois County Council up to last month, .