Cloud over support for council CEO

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Cloud over support for council CEO

THREE South Gippsland Shire councillors have not taken the opportunity to publicly support council’s chief executive officer Tim Tamlin.

The Star asked councillors if they supported Mr Tamlin, but only mayor Cr Bob Newton, Cr Mohya Davies, Cr Jim Fawcett, Cr Lorraine Brunt and Cr Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks said they did.

Cr Andrew McEwen said he was not on the CEO review committee and had no view on the matter.

Cr McEwen’s ally around the council table, Cr Don Hill, chose not to comment, as did Cr Kieran Kennedy, who said the CEO’s performance was a matter for the CEO performance review committee.

Cr Newton said he stood “right behind Tim”.

“I believe he is conducting himself very well in his job as CEO. The organisation is running very well,” he said.

Cr Hutchinson-Brooks said he “absolutely” backed Mr Tamlin.

“Tim Tamlin has developed into a highly competent CEO in his six years so far in South Gippsland, and is well regarded and supported by the staff,” Cr Hutchinson-Brooks said.

“As importantly, having dealt with a number of CEOs of other councils in my professional work, Tim is held in the highest esteem by his peers, perhaps the most important measure of all.”

Cr Fawcett said Mr Tamlin was appointed by the previous council and had been recontracted by the current council.

“Two different groups of councillors have therefore exercised their collective positive judgment on Tim’s performance. My personal position is that I absolutely support Tim in his role,” he said.

Cr Lorraine Brunt said Mr Tamlin had her full support.

“He has had the strength to make hard decisions and has a great team behind him, and has introduced some great cost saving measures,” she said.

Cr Mohya Davies backed the CEO, saying he has provided strong leadership and “he leads a dedicated team that was ‘kicking goals’”.

“I could give many examples: the Great Southern Rail Trail, Foster Children’s Centre, Korumburra Integrated Children’s Centre, just to mention a few,” she said.

“He has overseen significant productivity savings to ensure the organisation is in a strong and sustainable financial position which will set us in good stead to deal with the State Government rate capping.”

Cr Jeanette Harding did not respond to The Star’s request for comment.

Mr Tamlin said, “I’m there to do my job and there are KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) set by council”.

“When I signed up my last contract with council, I gave a commitment that I would be here until the election,” he said.

“After that, we will see how we go.”

Come October, he will have more than three years remaining on his current contract – his second five year contract with council.

But under the terms of his current contract, the new council can decide not to retain Mr Tamlin.

“As an organisation we are going leaps and bounds, and doing some innovative work, particularly in shared services and reducing council’s operating costs,” he said.

That includes council joining with Baw Baw Shire Council in sharing a risk management office, rather than each employing an officer.

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