A PANEL of councillors has chosen Paul Masters to take up the role of interim chief executive at Cornwall Council.
Mr Masters, the current assistant chief executive at County Hall, was selected by a unanimous vote of the panel which was set up to make the decision.
His appointment will have to be endorsed by the full council when it meets on Tuesday and, if approved, he will take up the post once the current chief executive Kevin Lavery leaves next month.
Mr Lavery announced in December that he would be leaving Cornwall Council to take up a new position in New Zealand.
Chair of the selection panel Liberal Democrat councillor Jeremy Rowe said it has been a difficult decision due to the strong field of candidates.
Mr Rowe said: "I am pleased we have been able to make a unanimous recommendation and would like to thank all the members of the panel for their support in helping the council to make this vital decision.
"I am particularly happy that we have been able to appoint from within the organisation. We had three high quality candidates which shows the breadth of talent and ability we have in the council."
It is believed the other two candidates were Michael Crich and Kim Carey.
Mr Masters' appointment will be for a minimum of six months, pending the outcome of the council elections in May and a decision by the new council on a permanent appointment. The salary level is between £158,000 and £175,000.