Should a current town clerk be involved in the recruitment of his successor?
In my experience outside the council, current postholders are normally excluded from direct involvement in recruiting a successor.
We don't have a clear structure for recruitment, but we do have a Management Committee of 5 councillors who are organising the process, from which I expect 3 will form the Selection Committee. As I see it, it's fine for the clerk to advise on advertising, but I'm wary of applications going to the clerk, as he's a bit of a control freak who I feel sure will make known his preferences on potential applicants. As the Mayor will be on the Selection Committee, it seems to me that applications would go to him and the current clerk would have no further input. Advice would be welcome, thank you.