The state government appointed advisor to Ipswich City Council, who was paid more than the city’s new mayor or councilors last year, has ended her lucrative role.
It has been murmured within the administration that the state would renew Steve Greenwood’s 12-month contract following the departure of veteran CEO David Farmer.
Mr. Farmer stepped down on Friday to become the new CEO of the Central Coast Council in New South Wales.
Mr. Greenwood, who will take up his high-paying position on Monday, replaced Greg Chemello as Interim Administrator after serving on the Interim Management Committee.
He was appointed advisor to the council last March to » Ensure a smooth and seamless transition « to the city’s first elected council in more than 18 months.
The QT announced in February that Mr. Greenwood would receive $ 138,600 between April and November ten and had another four months to complete his contract.
The terms of Mr. Greenwood’s contract are set by the state government. However, under the Local Government Act, the council is obliged to reimburse the government for the cost of the role.
« The council pays the competent minister in relation to the council bills, which are issued by the competent department of the state government for the advisory service a spokesman for Ipswich City Council said in February.
« The council does not manage the direct costs of the consultant. These are state-initiated costs that the council is forced to pay. “
Ipswich councilors will receive a base salary of $ 122,400 plus a retirement pension and a vehicle allowance.
Mayor Teresa Harding will receive an annual pension and a vehicle allowance of $ 204,000 per year.
Cr Harding said the state government wrote to the council this week to announce that Mr. Greenwood would end his role on Monday.
« This is a tremendous sign of the state government’s belief that the city of Ipswich is back on track is doing a great job, « she said.
» Steve Greenwood, and before him Greg Chemello and the Interim Management Committee, set the bar high, and I firmly believe we have achieved many of those goals and are in the will continue to perform for the remaining three years of our tenure.
« I am proud of where we came from this first year and look forward to announcing to the government that we have achieved everything n what we set out to do. «
» Steve Greenwood has completed his one year term and I would like to thank him on behalf of the Ipswich City Council, Councilors and Community for his thorough professional work, « said Mayor Harding .
« We entered this job after the March 2020 local elections, and Steve was able to provide valuable advice and guidance as we quickly grappled with the challenging role of restoring confidence in the council.
» He regularly attended council and committee meetings and was there to oversee the transition from interim administration back to elected officials who do the work for and on behalf of the Ipswich community
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