County manager to retire, Mulholland named as interim

Sam Matthews

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Pictured: Retiring county manager Joe Crockett (right), with former mayor Martin Brett (centre). John Mulholland (left) will take over in the interim period before the competitve recruitment process. Photo: Pat Moore.
The chief executive [formerly, county manager] of Kilkenny County Council Joe Crockett has announced he is to retire at the end of this month.

The chief executive [formerly, county manager] of Kilkenny County Council Joe Crockett has announced he is to retire at the end of this month.

Mr Crockett officially confirmed the news at yesterday’s annual meeting of the county council. Current director of services John Mulholland has been revealed as his acting interim successor, in advance of an official competitive recruitment process for the position.

Mr Crockett has been at the helm as city and county manager here since 2007. Before, that, he was the county manager of Carlow County Council for five years.

“The transition team lead by Mr Mulholland will lead on all issues, and I will step back into a support role,” Mr Crockett told the meeting.

Under the new Local Government Reform Act 2014, the position of county/city manager has been replaced by the role of ‘chief executive’.