23 June 2023

Snowy Monaro Council loses more key staff

| Gail Eastaway
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Snowy Monaro Regional Council has announced the resignation of two key staff members. Photo: Gail Eastaway.

Only a few weeks after Snowy Monaro Regional Council announced it would not extend the contract of chief executive officer Peter Bascomb comes a surprise announcement of two key resignations.

The council advised this week that chief operating officer Jeff Morgan and chief financial officer Tracy Sligar had tendered their resignations to Mr Bascomb.

A council spokesperson said moves were already underway to secure temporary coverage of these positions’ important responsibilities.

The spokesperson said ”the community should be aware that council is considering deferring the recruitment of permanent replacements until after the appointment of a new CEO.

“This follows councillors’ decision to not renew the current chief executive’s contract at the April council meeting this year.

Mr Bascomb said, while it was “a major loss to any organisation to lose such highly experienced and valued senior executives, I fully understand and accept the reasons for both Jeff and Tracy accepting new career opportunities”.

“I wish them every success in their new endeavours, and extend the sincerest gratitude of both our region and our organisation for all the work Tracy and Jeff have done for the Snowy Monaro during their time with us,” he said.

Council’s spokesperson said, during the temporary period between the outgoing executives departing and new permanent replacements coming on board, council would keep the community updated on how the vacancies were being covered in the short term.

“As these resignations have only just been tendered to the CEO, there is limited information available at this time,” the spokesperson said.

Mayor Narelle Davis congratulated both staff members on their work at council.

“Jeff and Tracy have done a fantastic job under difficult circumstances, and through their efforts have made council a more modern, efficient, and financially sustainable organisation,” she said.

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CEO Peter Bascomb will be responsible for steering these portfolios over the immediate short term, with further details about the replacement process to be determined soon.

“There is no doubt that these resignations have created difficulties in managing the organisation’s workload, and it’s now my responsibility to develop plans to minimise the impact of the absence of these two key staff,” Mr Bascomb.

“I will be looking at all options including the option of bringing in temporary appointees to cover specific parts of the COO and CFO portfolios.”

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