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Appointment of John McLaughlin as Chief Executive of Donegal County Council

Pictured above: Cllr. Rena Donaghey Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council with newly appointed Chief Executive, John McLaughlin

Press Statement from the Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr. Rena Donaghey 20/04/21

As Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, I am pleased to announce that at a Special Meeting of Donegal County Council, the Elected Members unanimously resolved that John McLaughlin be appointed as Chief Executive of Donegal County Council.  John was recommended for appointment to the position following an open competitive selection process run by the Public Appointments Service. I wish to congratulate John on his appointment and wish him well as he takes up the new position.

At the meeting the Elected Members welcomed the appointment and extended their congratulations and best wishes to John in his work as Chief Executive. They acknowledged his work and contribution to the County in his previous roles with the Council.

John has over thirty years work experience in Senior Management roles in both the private and public sector.  He has been a member of the Council’s Senior Management Team for two decades and has led out on numerous strategic projects and initiatives across the County during that time.  He is well aware of the challenges facing the County and has ensured a successful transition since the Chief Executive position became vacant last July.

I know that the Elected  Members, the Council’s Senior Management team and Council staff will all be working to support our new Chief Executive to realise our shared objectives for the continued development of the County. I know that this will be a priority for him during his term in office and I have no doubt that he will serve the County with distinction.”

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