A temporary Sutton Council boss is set to be appointed soon as the search continues to find a permanent replacement.

Niall Bolger stepped down to join Hounslow Council last month as his predecessor got a top job at City Hall with the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

Now the council’s senior officer appointment committee will meet to select and appoint an interim chief executive on October 15.

But members of the public and press are banned from sitting all the way through it.

The agenda’s frontsheet reads: “That the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.”

A report will follow from the meeting after the decision is taken.

Mr Bolger, who earned more than £169,000-per-year before quitting for the same job in Hounslow, was at the council for seven years.

The news of his appointment was revealed in a message to staff by Hounslow Council leader Cllr Steve Curran, as reported by Sutton Guardian.

How much he will earn in his new post has not been revealed yet, though it will be “on the current CEX salary range”.

Mr Bolger was confirmed into his new role on September 18, as his predecessor Mary Harpley joined the Greater London Authority (GLA) as a chief officer in May.