In­terim shire ceo ap­pointed

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

A Baw Baw Shire di­rec­tor has been ap­pointed in­terim chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, but for how long is un­known.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer He­len An­stis, who an­nounced her res­ig­na­tion five weeks ago, will fin­ish to­mor­row.

A spe­cial con­fi­den­tial meet­ing of councillors last week con­firmed the ap­point­ment of com­mu­nity as­sets di­rec­tor Phil Can­til­lon as in­terim ceo.

Mayor Joe Gauci ex­plained coun­cil was re­quired to ap­point an in­terim ceo to take over du­ties once Ms An­stis leaves. How­ever, he said coun­cil was still con­sid­er­ing op­tions and may ap­point a more long term in­terim ceo.

Mr Can­til­lon will un­der­take the role un­til an al­ter­na­tive in­terim or per­ma­nent ceo is ap­pointed. Cr Gauci said Mr Can­til­lon was more than qual­i­fied to un­der­take the in­terim role but did not elab­o­rate how long he would be in the chair.

Cr Gauci said councillors were still con­sid­er­ing its op­tions lead­ing up to the ap­point­ment of a new ceo.

Cr Gauci said councillors had a num­ber of op­tions in­clud­ing re­tain­ing Mr Can­til­lon as the in­terim ceo or seek­ing some­one from out­side the or­gan­i­sa­tion to as­sume the role.

He said there was a pool of can­di­dates avail­able for in­terim po­si­tions. He said coun­cil’s hu­man re­sources depart­ment staff were look­ing at who was avail­able and would re­port back to coun­cil.

Al­ter­na­tively, if ap­point­ing another in­terim ceo could be a lengthy process, he said coun­cil may de­cide to pro­ceed straight to the process of ap­point­ing a new ceo.

“We have to de­cide whether we do that (another in­terim ceo) or just keep tick­ing over and ap­point a new ceo,” he said.

Mr Can­til­lon’s ap­point­ment will now leave a gap in the or­gan­i­sa­tion, re­quir­ing some­one to step up in an act­ing role for his po­si­tion.

Cr Gauci said Mr Can­til­lon would ap­point some­one but there were a cou­ple of peo­ple that could step up with­out plac­ing any fur­ther pres­sure on staff.

“At the mo­ment the or­gan­i­sa­tion, af­ter the re­struc­ture, is tick­ing along pretty good,” he said.

Coun­cil’s cor­po­rate and com­mu­nity ser­vices di­rec­tor Liana Thomp­son also left last year and has not been re­placed. Fi­nance man­ager Mal­colm Lewis is act­ing in that po­si­tion.

Cr Gauci said the cor­po­rate and com­mu­nity ser­vices di­rec­tor po­si­tion would be re­viewed later in the year when a new ceo “will look at that.”

Cr Gauci ex­pects it will be a six month process to ap­point a new ceo by the time coun­cil en­gages a recruitment agency, seeks ap­pli­ca­tion, short lists and in­ter­views can­di­dates.

“Coun­cil as a whole will de­cide on the ap­point­ment. It won’t be a panel, it will be the whole coun­cil,” he said.

Mr Can­til­lon joined Baw Baw Shire in 2012. He said he was look­ing for­ward to tak­ing on the in­terim role and work­ing with councillors, staff and the com­mu­nity while the search for a per­ma­nent CEO con­tin­ued.

“This is an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity and I’m hon­oured that the coun­cil have cho­sen me to step up and lead the or­gan­i­sa­tion through this in­terim pe­riod,” Mr Can­til­lon said.

Cr Gauci said Mr Can­til­lon’s many decades of lead­er­ship and man­age­ment within var­i­ous lev­els of gov­ern­ment made him an ex­cep­tional choice.

“With Phil hav­ing been with the or­gan­i­sa­tion for al­most five years it made sense for us to ap­point­ment him to lead the or­gan­i­sa­tion dur­ing this pe­riod, as he al­ready holds a lot of knowl­edge around the work that we do.

Cr Gauci said in ac­cor­dance with coun­cil’s pro­cure­ment pol­icy, hu­man re­sources man­ager An­drew Mif­sud would work with coun­cil to ap­point a suit­ably qual­i­fied and ex­pe­ri­enced recruitment agency.

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