Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive in January 2014, Ciarán Hayes was a Director of Services with Galway City Council since May 2001. He has a BA Degree in Public Management and a H. Dip in Computer Studies. He has thirty-five years service in the Local Government sector having commenced in Dun Laoghaire Corporation in 1978. He was subsequently appointed to Dublin County Council in 1984 and Kilkenny County Council in 1986 before taking up employment with Galway Corporation in 1993. On appointment as a Director of Services in 2001, he was assigned to the Housing and Planning Directorate. In 2007, he was assigned to the Transport, Infrastructure, Recreation and Amenity Directorate.