Friday, March 1, 2024

Monitors to oversee Greater Geelong CEO recruitment after concerns process was ‘compromised’

Two municipal monitors will be appointed to assist City of Greater Geelong Council in its process of hiring a new Chief Executive Officer, Victoria’s Minister for Local Government announced today.

Minister Melissa Horne made the announcement today following advice from both Local Government Victoria and the Chief Municipal Inspector.

“Councils are the level of government closest to the people and it is imperative that they represent the communities they serve,” said Minister Horne.

“We expect Councils to maintain a standard of good governance and this process of installing two monitors is about ensuring that it occurs at the City of Greater Geelong.”

Victoria’s Chief Municipal Inspector has been investigating the City of Greater Geelong and its CEO appointment process, Ms Horne said.

“This investigation has focused on integrity and transparency, with the Chief Municipal Inspector raising concerns this process has been compromised,” she said.

The Chief Municipal Inspector recommended the Minister exercise her powers under the Local Government Act 2020 in relation to the employment of a CEO.

Two monitors will soon be appointed to support the hiring process of a new CEO and during their term will work to ensure the Council delivers good governance, Minister Horne confirmed.

The monitors, their terms and other details will be outlined at a later date.

The Chief Municipal Inspector’s investigation into the City of Greater Geelong is on-going.

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