Strathbogie Shire Council has made the decision to engage an independent probity officer to oversee the Chief Executive Officer recruitment process at its recent Ordinary Meeting.
The probity officer will provide objective scrutiny of the recruitment process and whether the prescribed probity requirements have been followed.
This decision comes as Councillors embark on the next stage of the process after receiving significant interest for the CEO position.
Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren said Council wants to provide community assurance that they have undertaken a sound and comprehensive recruitment process.
“We want to provide assurance that we have given ourselves the best opportunity to select the most appropriate candidate for the Chief Executive position.
Selecting the CEO is the most important undertaking for a Council and we are taking this responsibility very seriously.
We want to be able to provide community confidence that we have undertaken a process that is consistent with best practice and a merit-based appointment is made.”
The probity officer will produce a report which will be tabled at the conclusion of the process.
Council undertook an extensive expression of interest process to appoint recruitment agency Omera Partners to assist with workshopping the type of candidate Council is looking for and ensuring Council was able to attract a high volume of quality candidates.
Council will inform the community when the appointment of the probity officer has been made and throughout the recruitment process.