After almost two years and three interim bosses, Newcastle City Council has put the wheels in motion to find a permanent Chief Executive Officer.
Council resolved on Tuesday night, at its first meeting since the September 9 election, to begin the recruitment process.
Interim Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Bath told the Herald that he would be a candidate for the role.
Mr Bath has been in the job since May, after two-and-a-half years as interim CEO of Hunter Water.
Council’s last permanent CEO, Ken Gouldthorp, was sacked in October, 2015.
Since then, Frank Cordingley and Peter Chrystal have held the interim position for one year and six months, respectively.
Lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes, two of her Labor colleagues Cr Carol Duncan and Cr Jason Dunn, along with Greens councillor John MacKenzie will be part of the recruitment panel.
A representative from a yet-to-be-selected recruitment agency will join them.
"The recruitment panel will have delegation to manage the process for recruitment and selection," Cr Nelmes said.
"And then the decision to appoint a permanent CEO will be taken by the elected council after a recommendation is made by the panel later this year."
A shortlist of candidates is expected to be ready by November 22, with interviews scheduled to take place in the week commencing November 26.