Palma.—The President of the Council of Majorca, Maria Salom presided over the official swearing in of her staff yesterday, 12 directors and three technical assistants.

Salom had made it clear prior to her taking up office that she was going to make “important savings” on the Council and by cutting 29 top jobs, she is saving the institution 6.6 million euros.

The new President said that she was confident that her directors would carry the theme of austerity through in their own policy making, and she pointed to the “municipal nature” of their appointments as the majority had already previously held local authority posts.

Such an example is the Vice-president of the Council of Majorca Gabi Duran who is responsible for Culture and Heritage. She has already held a position in the Heritage department of Palma City Council.

Joan Antoni Martorell has been named as Sports director, a field in which he has prior experience during his time as Sports, Festivals and Youth Councillor on the town council of Montuïri.

In the Council of Majorca's department for the President's Office, Salom has appointed Neus Salas as the new director. She has previously held positions in the Balearic government as head of the technical legal department, in the Human Resources section of the regional Ministry for Economy and Tax, and as secretary of the Balearic Inland Revenue. Also within the President's Office of the Council of Majorca, the Partido Popular's Segismundo Morey has been named as head of Special Projects, following experience as a Palma City Councillor and as the Managing Director of the Balearic Islands' Tourism Institute, Ibatur.

Maria Isabel Crespi is to become the director of Institutional Relations following a career as a Councillor on both the town councils of Soller and Deya.

Within the Planning and Territory department headed by Mauricio Rovira, Salom has given Rafael Gelabert the title of Roads director. Gelabert has former experience of this field during his time on Selva town council. Catalina Terrassa is to hold the post of the department's technical assistant. In the Tax and Civil Service department headed by Margalida Roig, the new Island Council director is Rafael Pons who was previously with Ibatur and the National Parks foundation as legal advisor, and as a managing director of the Majorcan Railway Services.

Reporting to Catalina Soler in the Environment department, Margalida Pocovi is named as director. She was Mayor's deputy on Manacor town council, responsible for Nature Protection.

Antoni Serra who is now responsible for waste management was formerly on Sa Pobla town council.
Marti Angel Torres, the former Mayor of Santa Margalida is now the new Council of Majorca director for Local Cooperation and Municipal Support.
Former Mayor of Palma, Catalina Cirer is appointed head of Social Welfare.

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