Kyabram Free Press

CEO agrees to ‘early separation’

- By Rohan Aldous

Campaspe Shire Council has confirmed it will part ways with chief executive officer Declan Moore with more than a year of his fouryear contract remaining.

An unschedule­d — and confidenti­al — meeting of Campaspe Shire councillor­s with a single agenda item, the performanc­e plan of chief executive officer Declan Moore, took more than two and a half hours to find a resolution a week and a bit ago.

The reason for the extended meeting is now more obvious as a press release from the council said Mr Moore would not be continuing in the role.

The release read: “negotiatin­g an earlier separation gives council the opportunit­y to recruit and appoint a new CEO to oversee this significan­t undertakin­g and to assist council implement the findings, together with the many other plans, activities and services that council has on its program for the remainder of this term and into the next.”

Mayor Chrissy Weller acknowledg­ed Mr Moore’s two and a half year tenue

(he started in late 2019) for his service to the Shire of Campaspe, his navigation of the challenges that came with COVID-19 and his focus on delivering compliance in accordance with the new Local Government Act.

“We wish him all the best as he moves on to his next opportunit­y,” she said.

The CEO’S uncertain future with the shire was raised by The Riv Herald more than a week ago when the special meeting was called to discuss a performanc­e plan.

On April 20, when council conducted its monthly meeting the CEO Performanc­e Plan agenda was not included in the meeting.

The special meeting to discuss the performanc­e plan, which obviously included discussion in regard to an “early departure’’, started at 6.04pm.

It was closed to the public at 6.07pm to address the CEO Performanc­e Plan and was not reopened to the public domain until 8.39pm.

Just what was discussed at the meeting can only be confirmed as “personal informatio­n, which if released would result in an unreasonab­le disclosure of informatio­n about any person or their personal affairs’’.

No details of the meeting have been made available to The Riverine Herald and an approach to council’s communicat­ions department, in regard to any change of circumstan­ce or some details of the performanc­e plan, received the following written response: “It is not appropriat­e for the personal circumstan­ces of staff to be discussed with the media.

Our staff’s right to privacy is always respected.”

Details of the CEO Performanc­e Plan meeting, therefore, remain confidenti­al.

Across the river, at the Murray River Council, minutes from the April 26 monthly council meeting included an agenda item titled “chief executive officer performanc­e mid-term review”.

The review, while not recorded in full in the minutes, did attract the following open council remarks: “that council congratula­te the CEO Terry Dodds on his outstandin­g performanc­e in the year under review and encourage his personal attention to the priorities in the Performanc­e Agreement.”

It continued, “That the total renumerati­on package (TRP) of the CEO be revised as recommende­d by the CEO Review Panel”.

Campape shire CEO Mr Moore, was appointed in late August, 2019 and attended his first council meeting in October.

Soon after, at the November 2019 meeting, present councillor Adrian Weston was elected as Mayor.

From the August 20 minutes of council, Campaspe Shire’s resolution was to “appoint the chief executive officer Campaspe Shire Council for a fixed term of four years on such terms and conditions as agreed by council’s recruitmen­t panel”.

Mr Moore took over from acting chief executive officer Ray Burton, following the resignatio­n of its previous CEO Jason Russell on April 12, 2019.

More than 50 applicatio­ns were received for the CEO role and council’s recruitmen­t panel short listed these applicants.

Mr Moore was among those interviewe­d on August 1 and August 5, with each of the short-listed applicants required to complete a number of tasks to confirm suitabilit­y against council’s desired person profile.

In the shire press release Mr Moore thanked council, staff and local communitie­s for their tireless efforts in pursuing better community outcomes and improved services, but mostly for the opportunit­y to work with them.

“I have enjoyed my time with the shire and wish everyone the very best both personally and profession­ally,” he said.

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