New Cessnock GM will need people-skills: Ryan

New Cessnock GM will need people-skills: Ryan

From ABC Regional Radio, Newcastle, Tue Apr 9, 2013 7:16am AEST

Cessnock Greens councillor James Ryan says it is crucial the organisation’s new general manager is able to communicate with all stakeholders and members of the community.

There will be an extraordinary council meeting tomorrow night to get the recruitment process underway after the resignation of Lea Rosser yesterday.

Ms Rosser stepped down citing personal reasons.

She has been surrounded by controversy for more than a year, with the previous mayor Alison Davey taking Supreme Court action to prevent other councillors from voting to have her sacked.

Councillor Ryan says the new GM will need to have several important skills.

“Our task is to recruit a new general manager, that’s not an easy job,” he said.

“We need a general manager who can talk to all parts of the community, a general manager who can provide a steady hand and good leadership, a general manager who can take Cessnock forward into the future.”

Councillor Ryan says choosing a new general manager is the most important decision the current council will make.

He says it is a decision that cannot be rushed.

“Our job as councillors is to go and implement a robust process that selects the right person for the job,” he said.

“I’m very confident that council can do that.

“That is the single most important thing we will do, in a sense, in this term of this council, is select the right person for the job.

“There are a number of things that we will be taking extra precautions with, I think.”

Topics: local-government, cessnock-2325

One comment

  • Michele Jurlina

    Well, whoever is appointed could not possibly be inferior to the previous incumbent… What a lot of damage has been done by her “work”. I am pleased that Council is taking such care in ensuring that this sort of situation is never suffered by Cessnock again. I also feel it is important that the new person who attains this position does not suffer because of the disreputable conduct of his or her predecessor. I think that the conduct of Ms Rosser can only be viewed as a “special” person who we (luckily) do not have in our councils very often. It was also unfortunate that Ms Davey chose to waste council resources and funds in support of this person. I think it extremely unprofessional, all round. No doubt, there will be a wonderful person to fill the position, and I wish them all the best – it will be a big job to clean up the mess left behind and restore confidence – both from the public and council. I urge people to be open and welcoming to the poor appointee, who will need much support. Yours faithfully,Michele Jurlina

    Date: Tue, 9 Apr 2013 12:54:27 +0000 To: michele_avon@hotmail.com

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