Is this farewell to yet an­other coun­cil CEO?

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Council News - MATT TAY­LOR

MONTHS of un­cer­tainty, le­gal wran­gling and a chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer earn­ing $1000 a day for stay­ing home came to an end last Mon­day when coun­cil­lors moved to cut ties with the man over­see­ing Syd­ney’s sec­ond big­gest coun­cil.

Mark Sta­ple­ton had been un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion since Septem­ber over al­le­ga­tions, de­nied by Mr Sta­ple­ton, he faked his CV to land the $500,000-a-year job at Par­ra­matta Coun­cil. An in­de­pen­dent re­port by for­mer In­dus­trial Re­la­tions Com­mis­sioner Jane Sey­mour was tabled at the coun­cil meet­ing in closed ses­sion, but it’s un­der­stood the find­ings were in­con­clu­sive de­spite some holes be­ing found in his pre­vi­ous work ex­pe­ri­ence.

Coun­cil­lors were tightlipped af­ter the marathon five­hour meet­ing, but sources say the trig­ger for the de­ci­sion was around Mr Sta­ple­ton’s al­leged re­la­tion­ship with staff.

La­bor coun­cil­lor Pierre Es­ber, who orig­i­nally voted to ap­point Mr Sta­ple­ton to the CEO job, told the ABC there were “some anom­alies” in Mr Sta­ple­ton’s ref­er­ences.

“Some of them were quite mi­nor, some of them were quite se­ri­ous … there was one po­si­tion where he said he was in a cer­tain po­si­tion and he was con­tra­dicted by his boss who said ‘no he never held that po­si­tion, he held the ju­nior po­si­tion of that’ so that didn’t go down well with us,” Cr Es­ber said.

The coun­cil’s res­o­lu­tion, which it’s be­lieved had one dis­senter, au­tho­rised act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Sue Cole­man and Lord Mayor An­drew Wil­son to “ne­go­ti­ate” with Mr Sta­ple­ton in re­la­tion to the terms of his con­tract. If he agrees to the terms of­fered, Mr Sta­ple­ton will be the third straight coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer to re­ceive a six-fig­ure sev­er­ance pack­age.

He is in line for a 38-week pay­out, tak­ing the cost to ratepay­ers to in ex­cess of $560,000 since his sus­pen­sion.

Mr Sta­ple­ton was ap­pointed to the CEO role in late June af­ter an 8-7 vote in the coun­cil cham­ber.

A re­port tabled at a coun­cil meet­ing found ‘some anom­alies’ in Mark Sta­ple­ton’s ref­er­ences. Pic­ture: AAP/Ju­lian An­drews.

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