Council to choose new boss

CEO Tim Tamlin has been shown the door by South Gippsland Shire Council.
His contract has not been renewed and he will not get the acting chief executive officer’s job, despite being the only candidate in the initial call for council staff to apply.
Mr Tamlin will leave council once his current contract ends on June 24 this year.
The CEO and Cr Andrew McEwen have been at loggerheads for many years, when Cr McEwen and his late wife Maggie Loughrey lost their council jobs after a council-wide restructure initiated by Mr Tamlin.
Cr McEwen was director of sustainability and Ms Loughrey was manager of organisational development at the time.
After the restructure, their positions no longer existed. They applied for new roles but were unsuccessful.
“Council considers a new CEO would be best placed to take council in a new direction,” mayor Cr Don Hill said.
Mr Tamlin said he was disappointed by council’s decision not to appoint him acting CEO during “this time of uncertainty”.
He said council had formally considered him for the position of CEO twice – when they had the opportunity to reappoint him and then consider his application for the acting CEO role – but had rejected him.
“I respect their position as a council and I thank them for their consideration of my applications,” he said.
While there is no avenue for Mr Tamlin to appeal council’s decision, Victorian Local Government Minister Adem Somyurek could direct the councillors not to appoint an acting CEO.
Mr Tamlin has received numerous job offers in recent weeks.
“It’s ironic how one door closes and how another door opens,” he said.
Now that his hat is not in the ring for the acting CEO’s role, Mr Tamlin has encouraged other council staff to apply.
“The staff have shown a fair bit of concern for me,” he said.
“Life is a journey and where the next destination is, who knows. It’s another chapter.”
The saga unfolded when council voted not to offer Mr Tamlin another contract and voted to advertise for applicants.
Then Mr Somyurek issued a show cause notice to council, demanding why council should not be sacked following concerns about its governance. If they were later sacked, councillors believed they would not have the chance to appoint a CEO unless they acted now.
Council then called for internal applicants for acting CEO. Mr Tamlin was the only applicant, but was rejected by council’s CEO Employment and Remuneration Committee last week. That committee comprises all councillors and independent chair Phil Shanahan.
A special council meeting will be held tomorrow (Wednesday) to appoint an acting CEO.

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