County's top woman up for new top job

SUFFOLK county council's chief executive Lin Homer has been short-listed for the biggest job in British local government.Mrs Homer, 44, will be interviewed next week for the post of chief executive of Birmingham City Council, which is the authority with the largest workforce in the United Kingdom.

SUFFOLK county council's chief executive Lin Homer has been short-listed for the biggest job in British local government.

Mrs Homer, 44, will be interviewed next week for the post of chief executive of Birmingham City Council, which is the authority with the largest workforce in the United Kingdom.

The £165,000 a year post, which has been vacant since the departure last September of Sir Michael Lyons, would be a logical progression for Mrs Homer, who has been with Suffolk since moving from Hertfordshire County Council four-and-a-half years ago.

It is understood Mrs Homer was head-hunted for the Birmingham post after declining a similar approach last year.

She started her local government career with Reading Borough Council before moving to Hertfordshire County Council's legal department in 1983.