One month into the role, the City of Ballarat's chief executive Janet Dore continues to put her stamp on council's organisation.
Council has announced a restructuring of director roles and management - one director will be cut, and Ms Dore intends to have the people and culture, and governance, roles report directly to her.
According to a media statement from Ms Dore, all director roles will be declared vacant and advertised externally.
"The recruitment process will be transparent and conducted by an independent and reputable recruitment company," Ms Dore said, though the recruitment company was not named.
The proposed organisation structure realignment includes four new Divisions, including Corporate Services, Assets and Infrastructure, Community Wellbeing, and Strategy and Growth.
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"Some of these changes will impact a small number of roles, teams and positions," Ms Dore said.
"There are no planned reductions in positions to the levels below the Executive Leadership Team."
Ms Dore was selected as council's interim chief executive following the Victorian ombudsman's report into the previous chief executive's hiring practice, which led to her firing.
She has promised to "implement changes in response" to the report.
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"This realignment is designed to rebalance the structure of the organisation and to create an organisation that is better equipped to deliver on Council's commitments and the community's expectations," she said.
"During my time here, I propose to have the People and Culture and Governance functions report directly to me, so I can be across the cultural changes we need to make to improve the culture and governance processes at the City of Ballarat."
Council staff will have until July 27 to provide feedback, with an update to be communicated to all staff on July 31.
A number of questions have been sent to council, including when and how the plan will be implemented, which recruitment agency will be used, and whether remuneration bands will be affected.
All directors have a total pay and benefits package of more than $220,000. Janet Dore has an annual package worth $350,000.
A council media spokesperson said the CEO would be making no further comment.
OMBUDSMAN COVERAGE: TIMELINE
May 14 The report is tabled
- City of Ballarat ombudsman report: 'jobs for mates' allegations regarding Ballarat Council executives
- Ombudsman report into Ballarat council: councillors express disappointment
- Ombudsman report into City of Ballarat: Councillors told to scrutinise CEO behaviour
- City of Ballarat ombudsman report: The intriguing finer details
- Ombudsman's report into Ballarat Council: What next for council officers?
- ANALYSIS: Troubled waters at town hall
May 18, 2020: Resignation and sacking
Mayor Ben Taylor with interim CEO Janet Dore. Picture: Kate Healy.
May 19: Mayor talks about Justine Linley's sacking
May 21: Price fixing links of acting CEO confirmed
May 24: Fresh doubts published over recruitment processes/ Fall out continues over decision to terminate Justine Linley's CEO contract
May 28: Push for new interim CEO
June 10: New CEO announced
June 12: First day of new interim CEO, Janet Dore
June 18: Directors jobs to be re-advertised
June 29: Director of business services resigns
July 7: Another director resigns
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