No one good enough to spin for Liverpool council for £90k
How many times will Liverpool council have to advertise before it hires a head of communications on £90,000-a-year?
Readers will remember that the council advertised for the job in November.
Apparently there were 30 applications, six made it through to the next stage, and two were interviewed.
But minutes of the appointment panel show that no one was deemed good enough, and no one was hired.
According to one insider they were "mainly dull public sector types".
"Interim arrangements" will now be put in place.
It's not the first time the council has failed to fill a key job at the first time of asking.
It is embarking on a second attempt to hire a director of education, and it had a re-think on hiring an assistant director of active communities after not finding anyone to fit the bill.
Liberal Democrat leader Richard Kemp believes the city council has an image problem.
He said: "Liverpool is not attracting the wealth of talent from which you can get a good shortlist, it does raise questions about the attractiveness of the council to staff."
A council spokesman said: "There was a good deal of interest in the Director for Communications post.
"However, we will only accept people of the highest calibre for such a key post.
"We want the best for this city and we will not make the appointment until we find the right person, with the right blend of knowledge, skills and experience."
"The Mayor will be reviewing the situation following the council's decision not to appoint on this occasion."