I read with interest the ‘Comment’ in last week’s Sentinel-Times regarding the powers of CEOs in Victorian councils.
Congratulations to the Sentinel-Times for finally exposing the farcical situation of Local Government in Victoria.
Of course Mr Buckley will promote that council’s role is to appoint the CEO and then the CEO does the rest.
Councillors have a “duty of care” to ensure that the Council Plan delivers appropriate services in the most efficient and cost effective way.
Councillors appear to be sitting back and allowing the bureaucracy to call the shots.
As a past Local Government employee with in excess of 25 years’ experience, I have observed the corporate “takeover” of Local Government by highly paid bureaucrats.
This process has been occurring gradually over time since council amalgamations in the mid-1990s.
While CEOs have extensive powers to hire and fire staff, the CEO does not have the power to decide what services will be delivered or to set the council’s budget.
Having personally witnessed the infighting and bullying that is happening amongst councillors of the South Gippsland Shire, I wonder how the ratepayers of this municipality will view their individual performances in the upcoming council elections.
While attending a recent council briefing session, I assessed the total cost of the bureaucrats that were in attendance.
My very subjective estimate was in excess of $1 million per annum.
The only interaction these bureaucrats had on the day was to berate a ratepayer for trying to raise a subject that had not been previously notified. Bureaucracy at its best!
During the past four years this council has done nothing to reign in management costs or in fact take back control of the ship.
The ship is slowly sinking.
Until the community elects a council that is committed to change, it will be the same old story of waste, higher executive wages and bureaucrats running the show.
Ian Nicholas, Outtrim.