News

Council coughs up big bucks in search for new GM

Clarence Valley Council mayor Jim Simmons and director corporate Ashley Lindsay discuss the agenda before the start of the extraordinary meeting held at Clarence Valley Council chambers on Friday, 3rd of March, 2016.
Clarence Valley Council mayor Jim Simmons and director corporate Ashley Lindsay discuss the agenda before the start of the extraordinary meeting held at Clarence Valley Council chambers on Friday, 3rd of March, 2016. Tim Howard

WITH talk of budget blowouts and affirmative Special Rate Variation votes, Clarence Valley Council has put aside $35,000 in the budget to hire a new general manager.

Mayor Jim Simmons said the figure was a provisional amount that would cover a number of costs associated with the hiring process.

"A tender of a hiring firm to handle the hiring process up to a certain stage would involve advertising for the position and probably some travel expenses for the consultant," Cr Simmons said.

"The actual consultancy fee I don't think would be less than 50% of that, the other make up of that provision. It may not even come to that, it may be in the area of $25,000.

"Council has a section there that could do the same job, but we would leave ourselves open to criticism if we went down that path rather than through an outside firm."

The Local Government Act of 1996 dictates that councils must advertise senior positions in a statewide, daily newspaper.

Cr Simmons envisages that after the consultancy firm has found a number of possible candidates, the councillors would take over the final steps of the process.

"Say they had eight or 10 candidates, they would put their criteria or qualifications before the councillors who would then select maybe four or five to interview," he said.

"The whole of the council would decide who to interview and then conduct the interview to make the final decision."

The mayor assured The Daily Examiner the whole process would be as transparent as possible.

"There is no secrecy or hidden agenda," he said.

"Although some of the information that relates to some of the candidates may be confidential.

"Hopefully we see a lot different communication from council, a lot more communication I mean."

Cr Simmons said as part of this more open communication, some councillors would be in Grafton Shoppingworld today from 12pm so members of the public could approach councillors directly to discuss issues that matter to the community.

Acting general manager Ashley Lindsay is among the names of council employees who could potentially apply for the job.

"I hope that Ashley applies for the position, I expect he would," Cr Simmons said.

"Ashley has very good qualifications and has been with the council for a number of years in the Clarence Valley.

"But we have to go through a competitive process, so we will just have to wait and see what the outcome is."

RELATED STORIES:

Topics:  clarence business clarence valley council editors picks


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Flood appeal funds begin to soak in

Deborah Ray from Music Bizarre receives the first Lismore Flood Appeal allocation from Lismore Flood Appeal Steering Committee Co-chair, Councillor Eddie Lloyd.

Lismore Flood Appeal funds begin to flow to residents and businesses

Opera Australia to sing most popular arias to support NORPA

SING FOR A CAUSE: Opera Australia is coming to Lismore for a fundraiser to benefit NORPA.

Special gala show in Lismore for flood relief

Local Partners

Prince Harry reveals he wanted to leave the royal family

PRINCE Harry has revealed he “wanted out” as a Royal — and instead just wanted to lead an ordinary life.

Why streaming movies will cost more from July 1

Australians can expect to pay more for streaming services such as Netflix when the new taxes kick in.

The new taxes from July 1 won’t hurt the MPs’ big pay rise

What's on the small screen this week

Ryan Shelton in a scene from True Story with Hamish & Andy.

HAMISH and Andy hear another funny story and Cleverman returns.

Digging down to find Clare

Australian actress and singer Clare Bowen, who got her big break on the US TV series Nashville, is touring Australia with her solo album.

After five years on Nashville it’s time to tell her own stories.

TV REVIEW: Offspring season 7 is... fine

Alexander England and Asher Keddie in a scene from season seven of Offspring.

New Offspring won’t be remembered as the best season.

What's on at the cinemas over the school holidays

Tom Holland in a scene from the movie Spider-man: Homecoming.

Escape from reality over the holidays with a trip to the movies.

Gateway to $3 billion, 4800 home new Coast city opens

The start of Peter Crosby Way at Sippy Downs, the northern access into the Harmony master-planned community at Palmview.

Palmview's $3b master-planned community of Harmony

Millionaire Nathan Birch to offload $55M in property

Nathan Birch wants to focus more on developing properties.

Sydney property investor has announced he is selling up

Fame factor boosts property prices in Byron

The stunning Clarke's Beach in Byron Bay.

House prices surge by an incredible 39.5% in star-studded area

Grass is greener for Warwick real estate

Warwick's rural charm and affordable property prices are enticing buyers from Brisbane.

Quality houses for half the price of Brisbane attracting interest

New prison unlocks market growth

Works have begun on the construction of the new Grafton bridge.

Influx of workers for project drives healthy growth in house prices

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!