Cator and Polan call it quits
It has been a tumultuous week for Greater Shepparton City Council, with chief executive officer Gavin Cator and councillor Michael Polan announcing their resignations within days of each other.
Statements issued by council last week said it (council) regretfully accepted the resignation of chief executive officer Gavin Cator and that of Cr Michael Polan, who was due to stand down on June 30.
Cr Polan has been a councillor since 2009, which included two terms as mayor, in 2011 and 2012.
In resigning, Cr Polan said he would like to sincerely thank the community and his fellow councillors for their support over the past six years.
‘‘I am very grateful to the community and council for the opportunity which has been forward to me over my time as councillor and mayor,’’ he said.
‘‘I’ve greatly enjoyed and appreciated the opportunities to learn and advanced my skills both personally and professionally which have greatly assisted me in serving the Greater Shepparton community.
‘‘In my time as councillor of Greater Shepparton I amparticularly proud of my involvement in the brave decision to build a new Shepparton Arts Museum.
‘‘This decision is a sign of our community maturing and looking at ways of diversifying our economy. Undertaking such bold ventures as a new SAM demonstrates our desire to be a key regional city with Greater Shepparton providing first-class facilities that will enhance the lifestyle our region offers.’’
Cr Polan said his involvement in supporting the new direction of Greater Shepparton City Council had been particularly satisfying, with the organisation now being more accountable and in a strong position to tackle any future challenges.
‘‘The Council Plan, as crafted by the community, is now the central focus of the organisation in meeting the specific needs of our community,’’ he said.
‘‘I cannot speak highly enough of the GSCC staff; they undertake their roles with professionalism and integrity, with many staff going well beyond their duties to best support councillors in executing their roles and delivering quality services to the community.
‘‘Being a councillor is a privilege, and I thank my fellow councillors for actively working in a positive manner for the betterment of the entire community, and I wish the Greater Shepparton community all the very best in the future.’’
Cr Polan will continue to fulfil his duties until June 30 which includes participation in the June 16 Ordinary Council Meeting and Special Council Meeting on June 23 in the adoption of the 2015-16 budget.
With the vacancy created by Cr Polan’s resignation a count back will need to be undertaken. This process includes:
Advising the Minister for Local Government of the extraordinary vacancy, which has to be done within three working days of becoming aware of the extraordinary vacancy.
At the same time, council advises the Victorian Electoral Commission of the extraordinary vacancy.
Public notice of the conduct of the count back must be published within 14 days of the extraordinary vacancy occurring (before June 23).
The VEC provides written notice to each eligible candidate within 14 days of the extraordinary vacancy occurring.
The count back will then occur 14 days after the public notice.