CVC GM Greensill wins another term
TWO Clarence Valley councillors voted with their feet on a mayoral minute to renew the contract of general manager Scott Greensill for another five years.
Prior to moving into confidential session Deputy Mayor Andrew Baker and Cr Karen Toms supported a motion to have non-personal aspects of the contract renewal debated in open council. Their motion was defeated 7-2.
The publication of the minutes of the meeting on Friday revealed council has offered Mr Greensill a new five-year contract incorporating his existing job description and remuneration package.
But the vote to approve the new contract did not include Crs Baker and Toms, who, according to the minutes, left the chamber before it was concluded.
The remaining seven councillors voted unanimously to renew the general manager's contract to run from February 17, 2015 to February 16, 2020.
It took the intervention of a member of the public, Geoff Helisma, to encourage councillors to debate whether the matter should be public or heard in private.
Mr Helisma said he was worried renewing the general manager's contract at this point meant the next group of councillors elected in September next year would have a general manager they had no say in selecting.
He pointed out this had been a consideration when the State Government's review of local government ruled councils could not appoint a general manager less than six months out from an election.
With Mr Greensill out of the chamber for the matter, former council general manager Mike Colreavy sat in to provide expert guidance on rulings.
Crs Baker and Toms questioned him repeatedly on the matter, but Mr Colreavy always brought them back to Section 10a.2a of the Local Government Act which gave councils the discretion to move into confidential session to discuss matters concerning employees where confidential issues could be discussed.