Hunt for GM could cost up to $35,000

By TOBY WALKER

THE cost of the Clarence Valley Council's two-month long campaign to recruit a new general manager has been estimated at $35,000.

Council hopes to find a replacement for acting general manager Ken Boyle in the coming weeks with an extensive national advertising campaign and a negotiable $200,000 remuneration package.

Major metropolitan newspapers have already featured advertisements for the position in a campaign that is expected to cost around $12,000.

Recruitment consultants Employment Solutions will take home $16,000 in fees while a further $7,000 has been flagged for travel costs for four councillors and the consultant Garry Byrne if needed during the hiring process.

But the general manager's position is not the only job up for grabs.

This week council began advertising seven newly-created coordinator positions, worth a total of about $400,000 in salaries, in newspapers between Brisbane and Coffs Harbour.

Acting general manager Ken Boyle said council had failed to fill the positions internally using existing staff so had now started to look further afield.

He said the coordinator jobs, which came with salary packages between $47,000 and $65,000, were on the fourth tier of council's management structure, coming after the general manager, directors and managers.

The closing date for applications is May 30.



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