Gosford Councillors have requested that CEO Mr Paul Anderson provide council with a report by the end of the year on the current restructure and further restructure plans of council.
Councillors have also requested that a monthly report on the progress of the restructure be given to council following the receipt of the original report. According to a Notice of Motion by Cr Vicki Scott, the report, due to be delivered to council by December 31, should include such information as the budget for the restructure, the change in staff numbers, changes in programs and services, outsourcing, the number of redundancies, positions dissolved in the structure to date and proposed for the future, the departments to be abolished or joined with others, the final structure and time frame, the effect on staff, and the public and the physical changes within council buildings. Council approved the restructure earlier this year with, according to Cr Scott, minimal supportive information. She said council had since seen changes that included a change in the number of directorates from five to three, with a number of responsibilities falling under the office of the CEO, the abolition of all Executive Leadership Team positions which were re-established with different roles, the departure of three directors, retention of one as a project officer, and the engagement of two new directors and the abolition of all senior management positions which were advertised as new positions. Existing senior managers were offered to apply for advertised positions, redeploy or take a package. All but two senior managers left and the advertised positions were filled by new staff. “The Executive Leadership Team and senior managers are working through the requirements for the next stage of the restructure but at this stage councillors have had little information,” said Cr Scott in her Notice of Motion to council.
Gosford Council agenda
NM.22, 23 Sep 2014