Council Comment – 15 July

Jeff McConnell.
Jeff McConnell. Image supplied.

Deputy Mayor

The Deputy Mayor position is reviewed every twelve months, so it was a privilege at the 24 May Ordinary Meeting to be elected by a majority of my fellow Councillors to the role of Deputy Mayor. 

I would like to thank Cr Enright for his service and stewardship over the last 12 months as the outgoing Deputy Mayor. 

I don’t see the role of Deputy Mayor as purely a symbolic position that is only seen when the Mayor is absent. 

I have a few initiatives that with the support of my fellow Councillors, I will look at implementing over the coming months. 

I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that will come with the Deputy Mayor position during my term.

CEO Recruitment

As you may be aware, we have been actively pursuing the recruitment of a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Scenic Rim Regional Council. 

The appointment of the right person to the position of CEO is crucial as this role has responsibility for the overall management of all operational facets of the Council and enacts the strategic plan and intent of the elected Councillors. 

There is a necessary demarcation between Councillors and the CEO and this is documented in legislation and policy ensuring that Councillors do not interfere with the operational management of the Council. 

The recruitment panel has been formed and consists of the Mayor, Councillor Marshall Chalk (Division 5) and myself. 

We will be shortlisting and conducting interviews with applicants to present a final shortlisted group of candidates for the position. 

All Councillors will then be involved in the final selection of the CEO. 

Beaudesert Bulletin

I would like to personally congratulate Keer and her team on the two-year anniversary of the Beaudesert Bulletin. 

Keer and I formed a friendship whilst campaigning against each other in the 2020 Council elections. 

People would often comment during the election “I thought you were running against each other”, to which we would reply “we are, but that does not stop us being friends and helping each other”. 

And that shows the true character of Keer and why the Beaudesert Bulletin has become such a successful local paper.

Quote of the Day

“It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.”               

Nelson Mandela

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