Kyabram Free Press
Two chosen to keep CEO chair warm
CAMPASPE Shire Council has appointed Paul McKenzie and Fleur Cousins as acting chief executives, to take over from Jason Russell once he leaves on April 12.
Council appointed regulatory and community services general manager Mr McKenzie to the top job from 5pm, April 12 until 5pm, May 3. Ms Cousins (corporate services general manager) will run the show from then until 5pm Friday, May 24.
Cr Neil Pankhurst said he was ‘‘surprised and disappointed’’ to move the motion at the special council meeting on Tuesday.
‘‘One of council’s main roles is to employ a CEO and we find ourselves in the position where our current CEO (Jason Russell) will be finishing on April 12 and so it’s our duty to have an acting CEO to fulfil that role until council is able to recruit and appoint a new CEO to the organisation,’’ he said.
Several councillors praised Mr Russell during the meeting, highlighting what they said was the tremendous job he had done so far. In February council decided to advertise Mr Russell’s position after his four-year contract expires.
And Cr Pankhurst said while he supported comments about Mr Russell he found it difficult to listen to.
‘‘I certainly support those comments but I must say it was difficult sitting here listening to, given the position we find ourselves in,’’ he said.
Cr Daniel Mackrell said he hoped councillors would not rescind the motion on the back of one about the committee overseeing the new chief executive’s employment, which was withdrawn at the same meeting.
‘‘I do also hope in the next two days this isn’t rescinded and we’re back here again,’’ he said.
Cr Annie Vickers said she had every confidence those acting in the top job would do an ‘‘excellent job’’.