Thursday, August 29, 2019

Councillors to interview deputy candidates

COUNCILLORS will dominate the interview panel for candidates seeking to become the Derwent Valley Council's deputy general manager. Applications opened today and will be accepted until September 29.

The information package for the position says shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by a panel consisting of general manager Greg Winton, mayor Ben Shaw, and three other elected members, and this will most likely be followed by a second round of interviews as well as online profiling to assess leadership style.

The new position, replacing the role of corporate and community services executive manager, will have a $150,000 salary package, including a car and 13.5% superannuation. The council says the successful candidate will have tertiary qualifications and/or extensive business management background.

The position description describes the deputy general manager as a senior leadership position forming part of the executive management team, working with the general manager to provide information and advice to councillors and to implement council decisions. Areas of responsibility under the position are:
  • Children’s Services
  • Strategy and Communications
  • Governance and Information Management
  • Human Resources
  • Financial Services
  • Customer Service and Administration
The council has not had a deputy general manager since 2012. Since then various senior staff have been designated to fill the role as required. In a statement earlier this week the reintroduction of the role was described as creating a succession plan for general manager Greg Winton who intends to retire next year. 

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1 comment:

  1. How ridiculous to have any councillors on a selection panel for a staff member. As far as I can see not one of the current councillors have any qualifications or training to assume such a role. Unbelievable that the general manager would even consider and allow such a thing, is this an example of his poor leadership and abilities? Independent vetting to obtain a short list is a normal procedure for an executive type position, then a panel of qualified management for selection and recommendation, for goodness sake. Very poor - who of any calibre would be interested in working for such a dreadful organisation.
    Disappointed Ratepayer