MAYOR Kevin Mack and deputy mayor Amanda Cohn have been included on a recruitment panel to appoint Albury Council's two deputy chief executives who will start on July 1.
The two deputy chief executive positions will replace the four directors roles presently performed by Michael Keys, Brad Ferris, Tracey Squire and Simona Coad with the restructure approved by the council last year.
The positions were recently advised with interviews slated for mid-April and offers to preferred candidates will be made in late May.
"A recruitment panel has been established comprised of general manager (Frank Zaknich), councillors and independent external members," Cr Mack said.
"The panel will undertake all aspects of the selection process from short-listing through to interview and determining the preferred candidates."
In accordance with the Local Government Act, Mr Zaknich will appoint the successful candidates following consultation with the council.
Traditionally councillors are at arms length from all staff appointments with the exception of general manager.
He has not ruled taking leave of absence as mayor to concentrate on full-time campaigning for the election due in May.
The two deputy chief executives will be in charge of infrastructure, planning and environment and business, growth and community.
Mr Zaknich's title will be changed from general manager to chief executive.
"Part of the justification of changing Mr Zaknich's title from general manager to chief executive is a heavier focus on community strategy, organisation culture, leadership and performance and city and regional advocacy with the mayor," Cr Mack said.
Mr Zaknich's predecessor as general manager Les Tomich initially operated with an assistant general manager, Robert Brown, in the mid-2000s.
The appointment lasted less than two years.
Mr Keys is the longest serving director at council after being put in charge of planning and economic development in the mid-2000s.
Mr Ferris was promoted to engineering director in 2008 to replace Dale Blampied.
Ms Squire was promoted to a director in charge of tourism and economic development in 2010 created by Mr Tomich following the demise of cross-border tourism body, Destination Albury-Wodonga.
Ms Coad took over James Jenkins' directorate following his retirement last year.
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