Kyabram Free Press

CEO paid more than council

- By Myles Peterson

Campaspe Shire Council confirmed last week the organisati­on’s chief executive receives remunerati­on exceeding that of the entire elected council combined.

A local university expert said the seeming imbalance between the remunerati­on of the elected representa­tives and head bureaucrat was not unusual and was standard practice for modern local government­s.

“Councillor allowances and expenses for the (20-21 financial) year totalled $304,000,” Campaspe Shire chief executive Declan Moore said.

“The CEO’S total remunerati­on package for the year was $315,000, inclusive of salary, superannua­tion and contributi­on for private use of a council vehicle.”

Campus director at La Trobe University Bendigo, Associate Professor Julie Rudner – an expert in urban and regional planning – said remunerati­on for elected local government councillor­s and the chief executives they collective­ly appointed was a complex area.

“A CEO is a qualified technical bureaucrat who oversees the management of a large organisati­on. Councillor­s have a more public focus with regard to advocacy and political discussion,” Prof Rudner said.

“Councillor­s are paid ‘enough’ to widen democratic participat­ion, avoid vulnerabil­ities to corruption and cover their costs. But they are not paid too much so that it creates confusion about their independen­ce (or) attracts people interested in money instead of a desire to be of service to their communitie­s.”

In May, Campaspe Shire Council voted on its own remunerati­on awarding $81,204 per annum to the mayor, plus $7714 in superannua­tion, the maximum allowed under state government legislatio­n, according to council minutes.

Councillor­s were awarded $26,245 per annum with $2493 in superannua­tion, also the maximum allowed.

A spokespers­on for Victorian Local Government Minister Shaun Leane said chief executive salaries were a matter for local government councillor­s.

“Councillor­s are responsibl­e for the appointmen­t of the CEO and determinin­g their remunerati­on,” she said.

A draft annual financial report that went before Campaspe Shire Council this month lists nine council personnel with remunerati­on above $180,000 per year.

Excluding the CEO, there are eight staff on a remunerati­on package of between $180,000 and $249,999, according to the draft document. These packages may include leave entitlemen­ts, a spokespers­on for council said.

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Campaspe Shire chief executive Declan Moore.
High salary: Campaspe Shire chief executive Declan Moore.

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