The Huon Valley Council undertook steps to find its new General Manager when Mr Emilio Reale resigned in March this year. Mr Reale had spent four years in the role.
In order to find the best candidate for the position a national recruitment process was initiated. Business consulting firm Red Giant was appointed to assist the Council with the recruitment.
The extensive and highly competitive recruitment process attracted 85 applications with 47 assessed by Red Giant as meeting the advertised selection criteria. Following further assessment, 14 candidates were identified for initial screening by the General Manager Recruitment Panel. This Panel was made up of the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and two Councillors.
Council appointed the Panel to seek and recommend the best candidate for the position. To ensure Council identified the best candidate the Panel took the appropriate steps and undertook the recruitment assessment process to evaluate all candidates thoroughly. This was critical to ensure the appointment of a General Manager that would meet the challenges of a Council that is seeing significant change and growth.
The Panel reviewed the applications of the 14 candidates and subsequently determined to interview 6 people. At the conclusion of the interviews three candidates were shortlisted and were interviewed by the full Council at the end of July.
All nine Huon Valley Councillors actively participated in the interview of the three final candidates.
The final appointment was made during Closed Council on 25th August and contractual arrangements were discussed and finalised over the coming days.
At a Special Council meeting of 15 September 2021, the Huon Valley Council confirmed the appointment of Mr Jason Browne as its new General Manager. Mr Browne has been appointed for a contract period of 5 years and will receive a commencing remuneration package of $246,175, including a cash component of $200,000.
An independent review of the recruitment process was commissioned on 25 August. The review findings were discussed at the meeting on 15 September.
Mayor Enders stated that the Council at the Special Meeting reaffirmed confidence in the appointment of Mr Browne.