Byron council refuses to renew GM's contract
By RACHEL AFFLICK
BYRON Shire Council is looking for a new general manager after deciding not to renew the contract of Pamela Westing in March.
Ms Westing had hoped to continue in her position for another two years.
However, in a closed, confidential session at their October 25 meeting, councillors voted not to support the option.
Byron Shire mayor Jan Barham yesterday said they were looking for someone with a five-year commitment to the job. She said two years would bring them very early into the next term of council, and it was unfair to expect a new council to recruit a new general manager right off the bat.
Council will meet soon to begin a selection process for a new general manager.
Cr Barham said it was an ideal time to scout for a replacement. "At the moment there is quite a supply of qualified people with the Queensland council amalgamations. In NSW there is also a pool of senior bureaucrats," she said.
Ms Westing started her position with Byron Shire Council in 2003 and her current contract expires on March 10, 2008.
"It has been a pleasure to work at Byron Shire Council," Ms Westing said.
"I am very proud the council is now in a much stronger financial position than in 2003, and the major issues which faced the council then, such as excessive legal costs, delays in development applications, transporting garbage to Queensland and a sewerage moratorium in Byron Bay, have been resolved."
Cr Barham said during Ms Westing's term as general manager the financial position of the council had strengthened to the point where Byron Shire was one of the few financially sustainable councils in NSW. "Council extends its thanks and appreciation to Pam Westing for her contribution to the shire," she said.