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General Manager facing axe

November 01, 2017

Federation Council General Manager Chris Gillard.

The tenure of Federation Council's General Manager Chris Gillard appears to be over following an extraordinary council meeting this morning called by Mayor Pat Bourke.

Council authorised its Mayor and/or other designated persons to negotiate in relation to the General Manager's contract of employment, on the motion of Cr Andrew Kennedy and Deputy Mayor Shaun Whitechurch.

Council's resolution also stated that the Mayor may seek assistance from the Office of Local Government NSW and other designated persons and legal representatives of Federation Council in relation to the General Manager's contract of employment.

Senior Industrial Officer with the Office of Local Government NSW, Ross Nassif attended the short, approximate 35-minute council discussion this morning on the subject which was held in-committee.

Upon the meeting's closure, council again went behind closed doors for what seemed likely to be a considerable time, to further discuss Mr Gillard's future.

It seemed evident that not all councillors were in favour of having Mr Gillard's services terminated.

As from Monday this week, the General Manager is believed to be on leave and council's Director Infrastructure and Environment Peter Gall is acting General Manager.

Mr Gillard commenced duty as General Manager with Corowa Shire Council in 2013 and was made Interim General Manager of the newly created Federation Council as a result of the merger of Corowa and Urana Shires in May 2016.

His appointment as General Manager was confirmed by Federation Council Administrator Mike Eden last December, for a further period of four years, until December 2020.

Mr Gillard's performance as Corowa Shire General Manager was endorsed under the reigns of Mayors Fred Longmire and Paul Miegel.

Since amalgamation of the two shires, the road has been a rocky one especially with the reduction, in the number of former councillors appointed by the Administrator to the Local Representative Committee (a local advisory committee).

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