Council to name new CEO Wednesday
SHIRE staff threatened revolt last week at the “flawed” process adopted by the strife-torn South Gippsland Shire Council aiming to find an Acting CEO to replace chief executive officer Tim Tamlin.
It was left to Mr Tamlin, whose contract expires on June 25, to quell the unrest.
Early in the week last week, it was reported that there were two applicants for the position, Mr Tamlin and another member of staff.
But the challenger was urged to withdraw his bid by staff members, among them senior staff loyal to Mr Tamlin, or they would refuse to cooperate during his tenure.
It left the CEO Employment and Renumeration Committee, a committee of the whole council, seemingly with nowhere to go but to reappoint Mr Tamlin, if it was to follow the council resolution of April 24, which said in part: “…invite expressions of interest in the acting CEO role from appropriately experienced and qualified South Gippsland Shire Council employees”.
However, as confirmed in the Mayor’s Message this week, the committee ruled Mr Tamlin out of the race, without even interviewing him, saying “…the committee did not take this decision lightly but felt strongly that the shire needs a different direction going forward and that would be best served by employing a new CEO to begin that journey”.
Encouraged by Mr Tamlin, after he was rejected by the committee, several senior staff members have since applied but in the meantime, the CEO appointment committee has opened the process up to external applicants, seemingly outside the scope of the April 24 motion.
In a shire communique “keeping staff informed”, sent to 360 staff emails on Tuesday, the Mayor acknowledged that Mr Tamlin had not been successful but went further, beyond the direction given by council.
“The committee has recommended that the Mayor, in conjunction with the Independent Chair (Phil Shanahan), source suitably qualified applicants at the earliest possible opportunity to fill the acting CEO role.
“The committee anticipates remaining on schedule to appoint an applicant either internal or external by the Special Council Meeting next Wednesday, May 8, 2019,” Cr Hill said.
He has since confirmed that external applicants have been canvassed, and after Mr Tamlin was not appointed, “we now have multiple applicants” from within the shire.
Despite that, the process has incensed shire staff members who have highlighted the fact that the $320,000-a-year position wasn’t advertised.
The shire whistle blowe, who revealed the level of staff angst last month (Sentinel-Times April 2, 2019) has pointed to “a serious breach of confidentiality”.
“The entire process has been a complete train wreck, flawed every step of the way. It hasn’t been fair on anyone because there has been no proper process.”
All that remains now is for the council to appoint its new Acting CEO at a Special Council Meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, May 8 at 11am.
Former mayor, Jim Fawcett, now retired from council, has claimed such an appointment, including a 12-month contract, could cost shire ratepayers $300,000 to unwind if the Local Government Minister Adem Somyurek goes ahead and suspends council and commissioners rule the appointment invalid.