00:00 Saturday 05 June 2010  Written by Frank O Donovan

Bandon man to become Cork City Manager

BANDON native Tim Lucey, who has been appointed to the prestigious post of Cork City Manager, said this week that he was 'delighted' to hear the news of his appointment.

Seven people were called for interview for the job and this was whittled down to three final candidates. Mr Lucey's appointment was confirmed last week and he is expected to take over the helm from City Manager Joe Gavin in the autumn.

He told The Southern Star this week that he was looking forward to the 'great challenge' of taking on the role of Cork City Manager.

Aged 46, Mr Lucey is a native of Bandon and still lives in the town. He is married to Denise, who teaches in the Presentation Primary School in Bandon, and has two children, Ali and Jack, both of schoolgoing age.

He was appointed to the position of Divisional Manager, Cork County Council, in March, 2006 and was assigned to its Northern Division. In this position, he is responsible for the entire range of council services, such as housing, roads, water, planning, community and recreation and amenity services and economic development.

He is also a director of North Cork Enterprise Board, and the local development agencies of Ballyhoura Development Ltd and Avondhu-Blackwater Development Ltd. He is also a Director of Cobh Heritage Trust Ltd, which runs the very successful Cobh Heritage Centre.

Along with managing the Northern Division of the County, he also takes responsibility for the countywide strategic management of the council's waste management, water, environment and emergency services.

From 2002 to 2006 he held the position of Director of Corporate Affairs, which included responsibility for the council's secretariat, corporate planning, communications and public relations, legal services and the re-development of County Hall.

He was the council's financial accountant from 1996 to 2002 and, at that time, led the introduction of the council's new financial management systems.

Prior to this he worked for a number of years with the Southern Health Board (now HSE), Cork City Council and Skibbereen Urban District Council (1987 to 1991), having begun his career with Cork County Council in 1982.

A qualified accountant, he also holds a degree in Public Administration from the IPA and a Diploma in Healthcare Management. His interests include athletics and golf.

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