An advertising campaign to appoint a director of regeneration for Birmingham will be launched tomorrow, almost four months after former post-holder Clive Dutton quit the high-profile city council job.
Council leaders have been criticised for not moving more quickly to replace Mr Dutton, amid claims that the delay was a deliberate attempt to save money.
But cabinet regeneration member Neville Summerfield said it was important to take time to make sure the council found the right “calibre of person”.
The successful candidate will become the Strategic Director of Regeneration, taking overall responsibility for all of the city’s planning issues.
Whoever is appointed is to be handed a far wider-ranging remit than Mr Dutton and will not concentrate solely, or even chiefly, on major building projects.
The new strategic director will be expected to take on a more challenging role, bringing together transportation issues, the climate change agenda and improving the council’s links with public sector agencies and businesses.
Coun Summerfield (Con Brandwood) said: “It has been a long time in coming and the job description has been across quite a few desks.
“But we need to make sure we get the right kind of applicant for a very important job.”
Mr Dutton left Birmingham in September to join the London Borough of Newham, where he will take charge of regeneration projects triggered by the 2012 Olympic Games.