New chief executive, director of services welcomed at Sligo council meeting

A new chief executive and a new director of services with responsibility for housing were welcomed to their jobs at a meeting of Sligo County Council this morning, the first since the summer recess.

The new chief executive is Martin Lydon, who was head of finance with Roscommon County Council, while Jim Molloly is the new Director of Services for housing and corporate services.

Martin Lydon is a qualified accountant, with 30 years of experience in local government.

He started his career in the London Borough of Southwark, before moving to Kent County Council, where he worked in a number of roles, including education and housing.

In 2005 he joined Sligo County Council as a Financial\Management Accountant.

In 2008, he went to Roscommon County Council as Head of Finance, and during his 13 years there, he was also responsible for community and enterprise, planning and housing.

Jim Molloy, originally from Armagh, graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1997 in civil, structural and environmental engineering.

After a couple of years working in the private sector in Dublin, he entered the local government sector in 1999.

Mr Molloy has worked for Cork City Council, Cork County Council and Galway City Council.

This morning, both men were welcomed to the council by the Cathaoirleach Cllr Paul Toylor and councillors.

Councillors also paid tribute to the acting chief executive Tom Kilfeather and Housing Officer John Moran for their work.

Mr Lydon said he was delighted to be back in Sligo and looked forward to working with the councillors for the betterment of the county.

He also said they had to take advantage of Sligo as a regional growth centre, making it a key player in the region.

He said he would also be meeting community groups, adding that unless the council had communities working with them, it was very hard to bring communities, towns and villages up to where they wanted them to be.