New ‘super-manager’ for Limerick ready for challenge

David Hurley

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David Hurley

THE new super-manager for Limerick city and county says he is looking forward to starting in the position next week.

THE new super-manager for Limerick city and county says he is looking forward to starting in the position next week.

Conn Murray, whose appointment was ratified by Limerick city and county council’s last month will formally take up the role on August 15, next.

He succeeds Tom Mackey and Ned Gleeson both of whom retired as city and county managers earlier this year.

Mr Murray, who previously worked as Assistant Town Clerk at City Hall is the first ever person to be appointed as manager of two separate local authorities.

Speaking to LMFM radio, the outgoing Louth county manager said he is looking forward to the new challenge.

“It’s a rare opportunity in local government because you’re going in to shape an organisation. Normally we have to inherit the structures that we have, so there is an opportunity here to restructure and identify what are the critical areas that local government should now be in terms of providing the leadership and the direction,” he said.

The new manager, who will earn more than €150,000 a year in the role, says it will be a challenge overseeing the merger of Limerick city and county council over the next 18 months.

“It is merging two cultures and two organisations that have operated separately for quite some time and overall it is going to provide and tick the boxes of economies, cost effectiveness and hopefully improve service over time,” he said.

*For a full version of this story see the Limerick Chronicle newspaper tomorrow Tuesday, August 7