But­ler re­turn­ing as In­terim Gen­eral Man­ager

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June 1, 2018 was mapped out at the ex­tra­or­di­nary meet­ing of coun­cil yes­ter­day.

Coun­cil­lors Paul Miegel, David Lon­g­ley, Long­mire and Kennedy were cho­sen as part of the gen­eral man­ager re­cruit­ment com­mit­tee along with the mayor, deputy mayor and one in­de­pen­dent mem­ber.

A re­cruit­ment con­sul­tant’s brief is to be de­vel­oped by De­cem­ber 1, ad­ver­tis­ing ac­tion com­pleted by De­cem­ber 19, sub­mis­sions to be com­pleted by Jan­uary 12 and the re­cruit­ment con­sul­tant ap­pointed by Jan­uary 17 (which es­ti­mates sug­gest could cost up to $20,000).

The gen­eral man­ager’s po­si­tion is planned to be ad­ver­tised from March 3 to 23, the se­lec­tion process from March 24 to April 20 and a se­lec­tion re­port to coun­cil by May 1.

“Whilst the process time­frame as sug­gested is long, it al­lows suf­fi­cient time for care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion and se­lec­tion of the right re­cruit­ment com­pany and then the gen­eral man­ager,” Act­ing Gen­eral Man­ager Peter Gall wrote be­fore yes­ter­day’s meet­ing.

Mr Gall, 52, will return to his tem­po­rary po­si­tion as Di­rec­tor In­fra­struc­ture and En­vi­ron­ment upon Mr But­ler tak­ing up duty.

Mr Gall’s lo­cal gov­ern­ment ca­reer spans al­most 30 years, hav­ing been re­cruited from War- rnam­bool to Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil on June 17 to re­place Mr But­ler.

A round of ap­plause was given to Mr Gall by coun­cil­lors for his act­ing gen­eral man­ager pe­riod since Oc­to­ber 30.

Yes­ter­day’s ex­tra­or­di­nary meet­ing was the sec­ond such meet­ing in as many weeks. Cr Norm Wales was ab­sent from the meet­ing.

On November 1, at the first ex­tra­or­di­nary meet­ing of the newly se­lected Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil, coun­cil­lors voted for coun­cil to ne­go­ti­ate the con­tract of Gen­eral Man­ager Chris Gil­lard with a view to ces­sa­tion of his em­ploy­ment.

It was sub­se­quently an­nounced that Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil and Mr Gil­lard agreed “to part ways for the best in­ter­est of all par­ties in­volved”.

Mayor Bourke said the par­ties had en­tered into a “con­fi­den­tial ar­range­ment part­ing ways” with each other ex­press­ing thanks for the ser­vice by Mr Gil­lard to coun­cil and to Mr Gil­lard for his ser­vice.

Ro­bust dis­cus­sion took place yes­ter­day re­gard­ing the fill­ing of the in­terim gen­eral man­ager po­si­tion.

Lo­cal ad­ver­tis­ing of the po­si­tion would likely have re­sulted in ap­pli­ca­tions for the in­terim role.

A sec­ond two-part res­o­lu­tion passed by coun­cil at the ex­tra­or­di­nary meet­ing yes­ter­day re­solved to firstly have coun­cil ap­proach the State Mem­ber, Min­is­ter for Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and the NSW Premier re­gard­ing com­pen­sa­tion of costs associated with the ne­go­ti­ated out­come on the gen­eral man­ager po­si­tion.

The sec­ond part of the res­o­lu­tion “au­thor- ised the mayor and in­terim gen­eral man­ager to write a let­ter re­quest­ing com­pen­sa­tion and for­ward (it) to the State Gov­ern­ment, mem­ber, min­is­ter and premier”. The res­o­lu­tion was moved by Cr Long­mire and sec­onded by Cr Lon­g­ley.

Adrian But­ler, pic­tured with for­mer ad­min­is­tra­tor Mike Eden, will return to Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil as In­terim Gen­eral Man­ager in De­cem­ber.

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