Shire CEO wins favour but main vote not until March

Councillor warns now is not time to replace experience

COUNCIL has voted in favour of a motion to begin the process of reappointing the incumbent Shire of Strathbogie chief executive officer (CEO), Steve Crawcour, without advertising the position.

After the vote was adjourned a number of times while legal clarification on various points of order was sought by the mayor, those in favour of the motion – originally put forward by Cr John Mason at the October 17 meeting – would finally offer their rationale.

Before the meeting could proceed, however, the mayor addressed the issue of Steve Crawcour’s potential influence over a motion in which he has a clear interest – an issue raised by councillors Deb Swan and Kate Stothers at the previous meeting.

The question of influence centred around Mr Crawcour’s revealed involvement in drafting Cr Mason’s motion, and the fact he was seen leaving the council meeting during an adjournment with Mayor McClaren while she was to deliberate on a point of order.

This opened him up, according to Cr Swan, to a potential conflict of interest.

Cr McClaren rejected this point of order, on the advice that it was the CEO’s role to provide procedural advice to the mayor, and that he had not provided advice on the motion itself.

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