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23 September 2020
West Wimmera Shire Council chief executive David Leahy will continue in his role as the shire’s leading municipal officer for at least the next two years.
Mr Leahy has accepted a council offer and signed a new two-year contract.
West Wimmera mayor Bruce Meyer said he was pleased to confirm the appointment.
“Mr Leahy’s current contract expires on January 31, 2021, and the new two-year contract starts on February 1, 2021,” he said.
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The council considered the option of offering a new contract to Mr Leahy during a confidential meeting on August 19.
The Local Government Act 1989 governs the employment of a local government chief executive.
The Act states that a council can offer a further contract to an existing chief executive in the six months leading up to their contract’s expiry date, provided it is accepted and signed before an election caretaker period.
This arrangement also meant the council did not need to advertise the role externally, provided Mr Leahy’s offered remuneration was made public.
West Wimmera Shire Council minutes show a remuneration package offered in the new contract is the same as Mr Leahy’s current remuneration package, $219,302.24.
From July 1, 2021, a new Local Government Act 2020 will govern the employment and remuneration of local government chief executives.
The new council will then have six months to prepare and adopt a new chief executive employment and remuneration policy, meaning the latest date for adoption will be the December 2021 council meeting.
“Providing Mr Leahy with a further two-year contract will provide stability and continuity for the newly elected council in November 2020, allowing them to focus on important work such as the development of a new council plan,” Cr Meyer said.
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