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CEO process condemned

Cr Aaron Brown addresses council last Wednesday.

AS councillors met inside the council chamber to select an acting CEO, Cr Aaron Brown stood outside with the public.

He refused to take part in the deliberations, furious by how council had acted to choose a new leader, saying the process would be “seen to ensure a captain’s pick outcome”, and was “rushed and botched”.

He refused to endorse Mr Sword as acting CEO, not because he thought him unsuitable for the role but due to how he was appointed.

Cr Brown said council rushed to remove current CEO Tim Tamlin and appoint an acting CEO before the State Government could dismiss council.

He said some thought Mr Tamlin would be appointed for a further period by an incoming administrator as he was competent.

Council chose not to consider Mr Tamlin for the role, despite him initially being the only applicant. Staff were told of that decision via a memo – a memo Cr Brown said he did not see the final version of and was unaware that had been distributed.

“This is an utter disgrace and a damning indictment on the process,” he said.

Cr Brown said he only learnt of the candidates for the role an hour before council held a meeting to discuss them last Wednesday. The Star understands there was more than candidate.

 “We don’t need an acting CEO to be appointed and never did. We presently have a highly competent CEO,” he said.

Mr Tamlin and council directors were absent from the meeting at the order of the mayor Cr Don Hill. The mayor said that was so they would not have to leave the room when the matter was discussed and then identifiable as candidates for the CEO role.

However despite being advertised as open session, the acting CEO matter was discussed in a closed session, to the surprise of the public, media and council staff present.

Asked why, the mayor said debating the acting CEO position was “obviously a closed session topic”.

The Star was told Mr Tamlin was on family leave.

Cr Andrew McEwen was the only councillor absent. He had had a knee operation earlier in the week.

 

 

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