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Push for local candidates for Gov CEO role

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Wednesday 12 April 2023

Push for local candidates for Gov CEO role

Wednesday 12 April 2023

The Chief Minister has shared the timetable and process for recruiting a new CEO - with a focus on recruiting a candidate already based in Jersey.

Deputy Kristina Moore said that consideration was being "given to how to construct the role to provide opportunities for candidates who live in Jersey", as "there is a benefit to understanding our unique island, our governance and constitution, as well as respecting our culture. heritage and traditions."

She made the comments in a letter dated 6 April - but only made public yesterday - in response to requests for information from the Corporate Services Scrutiny Panel about the sudden resignation of the former Government CEO, Suzanne Wylie

In her letter, Deputy Moore explained that the recruitment process for an Interim CEO will begin in April and that the government will "advertise on-island for suitably qualified local candidates and invite agencies to submit candidates".

The candidates will then be shortlisted to a maximum of three people, with interviews taking place in May.

Handover meetings will then take place in June and July, when the Interim CEO will take up post.


Pictured: Former Government CEO, Suzanne Wylie, announced her resignation on 22 March after just over one year in post.

The Chief Minister explained that "it is envisioned that the interim arrangements will be required for nine to 12 months", adding that "there will be communications to islanders about the recruitment process, candidate requirements and how to apply when these details are finalised".

Permanent recruitment will begin towards the end of May, says Deputy Moore, although she admits that this may take longer if the review of the Government CEO role concludes that legislative changes are needed.

It comes after the Chief Minister confirmed that the role of the CEO may be restructured.

Mrs Wylie has never commented publicly on her departure. There has been speculation that it may have been linked to potential changes to the role of the CEO.

Mrs Wylie's performance metrics were never agreed prior to her resignation being announced.

In her resignation letter — released following requests by Express and the JEP — Mrs Wylie wrote: "There is much political debate on the role of the CEO and my departure will also open the opportunity to assess if it should be changed and to what degree.

"I appreciate that the search will need to start now for my replacement, and I assure you that I will do all I can to support a new CEO coming into post."


CLICK TO READ: Suzanne Wylie's resignation letter, dated 14 March.

In his written reply to the Chief Minister's letter setting out the recruitment process for Mrs Wylie's successor, Corporate Services Panel Chair Deputy Sam Mézec thanked Deputy Moore for the recruitment timetable, which he says the Panel "deems to be very useful".

However, he requested additional information about concerns regarding allegedly unacceptable behaviour in the senior levels of government during the Chief Minister's term of office. 

Express and the JEP have made several requests to interview the Chief Minister on the matter of the CEO's departure, and comments made by her Infrastructure Minister, who claimed communications around the issue had been "disingenuous",  but these have been declined.

The CEO recruitment timetable...


  • Agree the statement of works and the recruitment timetable (States Employment Board).

  • Agree the timeline and approach to the recruitment with the Jersey Appointments Commission.

  • Advertise on-island for suitably qualified local candidates and invite agencies to submit candidates.

  • Shortlist to a maximum of three candidates.


  • Interviews and appointment


  • Handover in meetings

  • Interim starts in post

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no one good enough....or no one will take the job....they've seen the film before....lovely beaches
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