Coun­cil con­cerns raised

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“You have to ask what’s go­ing on,” Mr Ta­pi­o­las said.

He said he had a lot of time for act­ing CEO Mike Chiodo, who he said was level headed and ex­pe­ri­enced.

“But we don’t want ( some­one) in a tem­po­rary po­si­tion. We want a per­ma­nent CEO and to get on with the chal­lenges fac­ing the city,” Mr Ta­pi­o­las said.

Ms Young took im­me­di­ate sick leave on Novem­ber 23 with Cr Hill an­nounc­ing on Novem­ber 29 the CEO had re- signed. In the an­nounce­ment, Ms Young in­di­cated her pri­or­ity of trans­form­ing the coun­cil and its or­gan­i­sa­tional struc­ture was com­plete and that it was time for oth­ers to “com­plete the cy­cle”.

Ms Young im­ple­mented the Nous Group re­forms, cut­ting man­age­ment po­si­tions, of­fer­ing vol­un­tary re­dun­dan­cies and merg­ing five de­part­ments into three.

A coun­cil spokesman said it was de­liv­er­ing on key projects like Stage 1 of the Haughton water pipe­line and that Ms Young de­cided it was the right time to leave af­ter com­plet­ing coun­cil re­forms.

Townsville Water Task­force chair Brad Webb was not con­cerned by Ms Young’s de­par­ture.

Ms Young had done a “great job” im­ple­ment­ing dif­fi­cult re­forms, Mr Webb said.

“I think it’s a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion,” Mr Webb said.

“She has done tough work in a short pe­riod and the city should be grate­ful for that.”

Queens­land de­vel­oper Lau­rence Lancini said he was con­cerned about Ms Young’s de­par­ture but did not know the cir­cum­stances.

“When a crit­i­cal per­son within the oper­a­tion of a busi­ness like that de­parts quickly it re­ally con­cerns me. Adele was do­ing a good job and she was get­ting things done,” Mr Lancini said.

The coun­cil spokesman said the coun­cil re­mained fo­cused on de­liv­er­ing on key poli­cies.

“Coun­cil’s ex­ec­u­tive team, in­clud­ing the act­ing CEO, have com­mit­ted to de­liv­er­ing on the projects com­menced dur­ing the for­mer CEO’s time in role,” the spokesman said.

The spokesman said Ms Young’s rea­sons for leav­ing had been made clear.

“Af­ter com­plet­ing the re­form process at coun­cil, sav­ing ratepay­ers more than $ 90 mil­lion and set­ting the foun­da­tions for the city’s fu­ture growth, Ms Young de­cided it was the right time for TCC to re­turn to busi­ness as usual ap­proach – and that is ex­actly what’s hap­pen­ing.”

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