David Keenan, the sacked general manager at Tweed Shire Council.
David Keenan, the sacked general manager at Tweed Shire Council. John Gass

Council to readvertise GM job after prime applicant said no

TWEED Shire will be without a permanent general manager for a number of months after councillors made the decision to readvertise.

In a confidential session at last night's council meeting, council considered a late report on the issue and voted unanimously to re-advertise the position.

Mayor Barry Longland said he understood the delay might be "unsettling for the organisation" but he could assure the community that the councillors were acting in the best interest of the shire.

"This was not a decision taken lightly, however we need to ensure that we choose wisely for this important role," he said.

"With significant change to local government in NSW ahead of us, it is in all of our interests that the right person is selected for this key position."

Cr Longland said council did find a person fit for the job but the candidate rejected council's offer.

"Together with the withdrawal of a number of quality candidates during the interview process for a variety of reasons, councillors have determined that it is best to start a fresh selection exercise," he said.

The position wouldn't be advertised for another two months and council said it would take some time to re-establish the recruitment process.

Director Technology and Corporate Services Troy Green has been acting in the position since the former General Manager was dismissed in March 2013.

Mr Green did not apply for the full time position.



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