New council GM likes what he sees
THREE months into his tenure as general manager of Singleton Shire Council, the new Clarence Valley Council GM had to crack the whip against "factionalism and disunity" in a deeply divided council.
Scott Greensill, who led a move to a professional development training program at the time, is looking forward to not having to do the same here.
"It was a situation I walked into there (at Singleton)," he said.
Early in 2009, Mr Greensill said, a senior officer on the council had taken two councillors to court on allegations of bias, which made it difficult for the council to function.
"The circumstances here are much different; there is a stable base. Sure they have their differences, but they work professionally together," Mr Greensill said.
Mr Greensill spoke to The Examiner yesterday, three days into his five-year contract after moving to Yamba last week.
He said his wife and three daughters (aged 19, 17 and 14) would not be joining him in the Valley until late next year when his middle daughter finished Year 12.
Having toured some of the council's facilities and met a number of staff, Mr Greensill said he was still in orientation mode and would be until virtually the end of the year.
Early impressions, including professional and happy staff, were signs of a good workplace, he said.
Prior to the Singleton job, Mr Greensill spent just over a year in the private sector as a consultant on strategic planning, corporate governance and leadership.
This, he said, was good use of his Master of Business Administration degree which specialised in leadership.
Before his consultancy work, Mr Greensill was the CEO of Maryborough City Council until it was amalgamated into the Fraser Coast Regional Council in March, 2008.
Of his role in the Clarence, he said the council was now maturing past amalgamation.
"I see my role is to improve and streamline it for ratepayers and employees," he said.
"Amalgamations bring about significant upheaval and it takes time for these issues to be overcome."
Away from work, Mr Greensill said he enjoyed lawn bowling and had previously been a pennants representative.