It took Council in the Chamber less than twenty-six minutes to decide to renew the general manager's $240,000 contract, approve additional financial provisions and extend his employment to 17 February 2020 - thereby binding the next duly elected Clarence Valley Council to a particular general manager for all but the last seven months of its four-year term in office.
So rushed was this process that it appears that the new employment contract was signed on the night.
Voting recorded as follows
5. Cr Baker, Cr Toms, Scott Greensill, Troy Anderson, Des Schroder, Ashley Lindsay and Kristian Enevoldson returned to the Council meeting at 9.53pm......
On 19 February the four-man Performance Review Committee for 2015-16 (Crs. Williamson, Howe, Simmons and Lysaught) undertook a review of the General Manager’s performance (facilitated by Mike Colreavy) covering the year of his employment contract from 17 February 2015 to 16 February 2016 and Council-in-the-Chamber endorsed the performance review report 7 votes to 2.
In recent years it has been rumoured that he was eager to obtain employment outside of the Clarence Valley for 'personal' reasons.
The 3 March 2017 extraordinary meeting took a whole 8 minutes to move into a closed session which lasted approx. 1 hour & 21 minutes and, then a further 6 minutes to unanimously pass a motion to the effect that the closed session resolution/s concerning the General Manager's employment contract is to remain confidential and close the meeting.