New £140k council solicitor appointed in Wolverhampton
A new Director of Governance has been appointed by Wolverhampton City Council – occupying a £140,000 post that has been vacant since early this year.
Council leader Ian Brookfield told a meeting of the full council last night that successful candidate David Pattison will also serve as Solicitor to the Council and Monitoring Office when he takes up his new role.
“This is something that we’ve been looking for, as this position needs to be filled,” he said.
"We were fortunate enough only just on Tuesday to have had a final set of interviews, so I’d like to thank everyone who took part in those.
“We are immensely pleased that we think we have found the best candidate for the job. Mr Pattison comes to us from South Staffordshire, where he held a similar post.
“He’s energetic, with plenty of ideas and he’ll be a great collaborator who will work with everyone across all our corporate priorities.
“We did have two very strong candidates in the end, but Mr Pattison was just another step above,” he added.
Leader of the opposition, Councillor Wendy Thompson, said: “I’m very happy to second the resolution for the appointment of the Director of Governance, as all the candidates went through a very rigorous process.”