Albury City’s staff takes on a leaner look

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ALBURY Council has reduced its management team with the departure of Judy Charlton to the Narrandera Council.

There are now four director positions, with Mrs Charlton’s corporate governance responsibilities to be shared by a newly created chief financial officer position, other directors and general manager Frank Zaknich.

The council raised the number of its directors to five in 2010 when it took control of its tourism promotion and established a visitor information centre at the railway station.

The economic development and tourism position was picked up by Tracey Squire, who joined Michael Keys (planning and environment), Brad Ferris (engineering), James Jenkins (community and recreation) and Mrs Charlton.

The council will save the undisclosed salary from the restructure it confirmed on Monday.

The other directors have agreed to move from award conditions to senior staff contracts, reported each year. The changes are due to take effect from September 1.

Ms Squire will also pick up the strategic management operations of the council’s airport, cemeteries and tip from engineering, which will retain the operational component of the businesses.

Cr Darren Cameron praised senior staff for accepting the move to senior staff contracts.

“We are often criticised for being top heavy, but this will address that,” he said.

“I pay special tribute to the other directors who have agreed to change employment status.

“That is a great and generous thing for them to do.

“It is a testament to their commitment to the financial well-being of this city and the culture of this organisation that they are willing to change.”

Mrs Charlton is joining Narrandera Council as its general manager.

Justin Finlayson has joined the council as chief financial officer and will report directly to Mr Zaknich, as well as the heads of human resources, communications and executive support.

Mr Finlayson has previously worked at Greater Shepparton and Benalla councils and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

He will also pick up roles performed by senior finance officer Mal Dunstone, who is retiring.

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