THE Wangaratta Council’s chief executive, Doug Sharp, will remain on sick leave for another month as D-Day nears for the embattled council.
Mr Sharp succumbed to a stress-related medical condition early last month.
Municipal inspector Peter Stephenson is next week to report to Local Government Minister Jeanette Powell on the council’s governance issues after a three-month investigation.
He will recommend whether or not the council should be dismissed.
But Ms Powell also has the power to extend Mr Stephenson’s posting.
There will be a meeting of all council staff today to update them.
The next council meeting is on August 20.
Other council managers Ray Park, Ruth Tai and Graham Nickless remain on leave.
Ms Tai’s husband, Alan Lappin, suffered a heart attack last week, forcing him to withdraw from his bid to win the seat of Indi as an independent.
Senior staff have been at loggerheads with Cr Julian Fidge since his election in October.
The council is due to pass its budget later this month.
Ms Powell has said a council cannot be “dismissed lightly” and justification for sacking one would include failing to pass a budget or plan and corruption within council.