Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Monitors reappointed to Glenelg Shire Council

Two municipal monitors have been reappointed to Glenelg Shire Council, Victorian Local Government Minister, Melissa Horne, announced today.

Minister Horne said Jim Gifford and Steven Kingshott had been re-appointed as municipal monitors to support good governance at the council and guide the recruitment of a new Chief Executive Officer.

She said Mr Kingshott’s appointment will conclude four weeks after an ongoing Chief Executive Officer is appointed to the council; while Mr Gifford’s appointment will conclude on 31 December 2024.

The two monitors were first appointed to the Council for three months from 13 November 2023 to 13 February 2024 following a request from the Mayor of Glenelg Shire Council, and have provided their final report to Minister Horne.

The report notes that although the Council has made progress, work is still required to improve its governance policies, processes and practices.

In response to this advice, Minister Horne has re-appointed Mr Gifford and Mr Kingshott as municipal monitors under section 179 of the Local Government Act 2020.

The re-appointment of the monitors will ensure governance improvements are fully implemented and ensure stability during the October 2024 elections and recruitment of a new Chief Executive Officer, the Minister said.

“I thank Mr Gifford and Mr Kingshott for their ongoing work as monitors to Glenelg Shire Council. They will continue to assist the Council as it improves its governance practices and recruits a new Chief Executive Officer,” she said.

The Government is set to introduce new legislation before the local government elections in October 2024 to elevate governance and integrity standards in Victoria’s 79 councils.

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