County Manager to retire from post in April.

County Manager Martin Nolan is to retire from the post when his contract expires in April. He’s informed members that he won’t be seeking another term when the job is advertised in the coming weeks. Director of services for transport Tom Curran is to be appointed as Deputy Manager.Martin Nolan became County Manager in April, 1997. He had been county engineer in Donegal before that. In 2001 Mr. Nolan instigated an investigation into work done by officials for private clients applying for planning. Two officials were suspended and a code of conduct was drawn up. He also inherited the Jeanie Johnston project which after a number of turbulent years successfully completed her voyage to the us last year. The implementation of better local government a radical overhaul of local authorities nationally also took place during Mr. Nolan`s term. Over the past seven years clashes with councilors over planning have became a feature of the council`s monthly meetings. Despite the many opposing views Mr. Nolan has successfully piloted the new development plan through the council.In a letter to the members the manager thanked them for their co operation and curtsey over the past seven years. He says he’ll continue to work for the county over the next three months. The local appointments commission will advertise the position in the coming days. There is likely to be considerable interest in the job, from both inside and outside the county.