Cultural quandary

ONE has only to look at the shenanigans surrounding last year’s appointment of a new Toodyay shire CEO to see why the council’s “culture and dynamics” are being examined in a new State-funded review.

The same veteran councillors who opposed the dumping of the previous CEO and then tried to stall the start date for a new one may have some explaining to do.

It might include why – during a critical staff shortage and costly pandemic restrictions – those members were uncharacteristically absent from two special meetings called to allow the new CEO to start a month earlier than planned.

The first meeting had to be aborted because it lacked a quorum of at least five members of the nine-member council to be present in the chamber.

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Michael Sinclair-Jones