The City of Ballarat CEO Justine Linley is set to see out the final 12 months of a five-year contract following a performance and pay review.
It was finalised at a council meeting held in camera last month. Ms Linley's remuneration will not be increased, the City of Ballarat mayor Cr Ben Taylor confirmed on Friday "in accordance with Council's current proposed 2020/21 budget position of a zero rate rise and other austerity measures currently under review."
In the 2018/19 annual report, the total remuneration for the role was published as between $320,000 to $329,999, which includes superannuation and allowances.
Cr Taylor said the review was a confidential process. "Neither myself nor my fellow councillors are in a position to discuss the particulars of annual CEO's performance review," he told The Courier.
"However, I will say the CEO is currently working tirelessly to implement the City of Ballarat's Response and Recovery Pandemic 2020 Plan, including ensuring the municipality's economic, tourism and community sectors recover and are even stronger from this crisis period."
Ms Linley began her tenure as CEO of the City of Ballarat in May 2016, following the abrupt departure of the previous incumbent Anthony Schinck to Regional Development Victoria.
Previously she had worked as the chief executive of Northern Grampians from 2010, after joining that council in 2003.
If another council is elected as currently scheduled in October this year (the running of local elections in Victoria is yet to be confirmed), they could opt to advertise the position externally or renew Ms Linley's contract.
All councillors are part of the CEO performance review committee. Councillors effectively employ just one person on council, the CEO, who then oversees the remainder of the staff.
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