Wangaratta Council's Doug Sharp moves on to Moira

JUST over 12 months after a dramatic departure from the Wangaratta Council, Doug Sharp has returned to local government.

The former chief executive officer at Wangaratta has been appointed acting corporate governance director at Moira Council.

Mr Sharp, along with members of his management team, agreed to a “mutual departure” from Wangaratta at an emergency meeting in late August last year.

The agreement came after Mr Sharp and other staff had been on extended sick leave and came at a cost of $820,000 in pay-outs.

At Moira, Mr Sharp joins a council that has plenty of its own dramas.

It recently back-flipped on an independent probity audit of its finances and operations after councillors unanimously earlier backed such an audit.

The Australian Services Union has also become involved, with allegations of bullying and harassment.

More recently, the council issued more than 17,000 incorrect rate notices. The cost of re-printing and sending notices was put at more than $10,000.

The shire’s residents action group is meeting this week, and no doubt will have something to say about the latest developments.