NEWLY released figures show that the chief executive of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council Brendan Hegarty, earned a salary of £106,000 in 2016/2017.
The figure, down from £108,000 on 2015/16, was revealed in the council’s financial statements for the year ended March 31st 2017, published by the local authority this week.
When appointed Fermanagh District Council chief executive in 2011 Mr Hegarty commanded a salary of £76,452, with increments. Following his appointment as the boss of the new amalgamated Fermanagh and Omagh Council in February 2014, his salary wet up to £110,000. The new payscale for the top position in the North’s 11 new super councils, which began operation in 2015, was set at between £95,000 and £110,000. Mr Hegarty.
The Council organisation consists of the Chief Executive’s Department and four Directorates. These Heads of Service are Celine McCartan (Corporate Services and Governance), Alison McCullagh (Regeneration and Planning), Robert Gibson (Community, Health and Leisure) and Kevin O’Gara (Environment and Place), each of whom earns a salary of £81,000, up from £78,000 on the previous year.
Mr Hegarty’s pay is over double the £49,500 paid to Fermanagh’s MLAs and more than three times the average Northern Ireland salary of £30,996.