COUNCILLORS have held off on a request to automatically renew general manager Chris Berry’s contract.
In an almost half hour closed session at last Tuesday’s meeting, councillors considered a report about Mr Berry’s performance review for 2012/13, completed by John Kleem Consulting. Councillors have also been part of the review process.
While the discussion remains confidential, four resolutions from the meeting have been publicly released. One of these was:
“The formal request by the general manager related to renewal of the current employment contract and associated remuneration package continue to be considered by the Review Committee for final assessment and referral to Council.”
The fallout from the recent multifunction centre tendering process was also on councillors’ minds. The Division of Local Government has called for a host of internal reforms in light of “significant flaws” in the way the tender was conducted and assessed.
In another resolution, councillors decided that “issues associated with the multi use complex tender for the Goulburn Recreation Area continue to be monitored by the general manager performance review committee, including actions required through the report of the Division of Local Government.”
Finally, John Kleem Consulting will be engaged to “assist and facilitate” all processes regarding the general manager’s performance review “for the existing contract of employment or as otherwise may be determined.”
Councillors gave little clue as to the report’s contents, deciding only to “receive and note” its contents.
The matter was classified as confidential under the NSW Local Government Act as it concerned “personnel matters.”