A TRIO of caretaker administrators will take charge of Wangaratta Council in November, faced with the task of restoring the council’s reputation and ratepayer confidence in the city’s governance.
The administrators are yet to be appointed by Victorian Local Government Minister Jeanette Powell, but yesterday she provided a clear outline of what would be expected of them between now and October 2016.
When they take over from municipal inspector Peter Stephenson next month, they will perform the functions of the former council.
That includes running monthly meetings and hearing the concerns of Wangaratta constituents.
They must appoint a new chief executive officer to replace Doug Sharp, who took sick leave as a result of the crisis that led to the council’s dismissal last week.
Mrs Powell will know the important task she faces in appointing three administrators with not only the skills to effectively restore good governance to the council, but who will also win back the respect and confidence of residents.
They have been dismayed and embarrassed by the drama that has enveloped their city in the past 12 months.