No permanent GM for Kyogle until amalgamation is resolved

KYOGLE Council has taken the first step towards recruiting a new general manager, but the council is only offering a 12-month contract amid concerns a potential forced amalgamation making the position redundant might deter candidates.

The council has to wait until the end of the year to find out if it will be forced to amalgamate with either Richmond Valley or Lismore, or continue independently.

The outcome will be based on the success or failure of its application under the State Government's Fit for the Future reforms.  

At last night's extraordinary meeting the council resolved to form a selection panel including mayor Danielle Mulholland, two other councillors, and a representative from Local Government NSW, to find a suitable candidate for the job.

The panel will manage the preliminary investigation and recruitment process until it can report back to full council with details of available candidates and a preferred temporary appointee for the general manager's position, in accordance with Section 351 of the Local Government Act, which allows council to appoint a temporary candidate for up to 12 months.

Outgoing general manager Arthur Piggott will depart next week.

Graham Kennet, the council's current executive manager for urban and assets will become the acting general manager  until such time as the council finds a candidate to take over the position.         



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