And Laura McFadzean
Snouts in the trough
Council CEOs earn more than our Premier
Local Council bosses in Melbourne are getting average annual Salaries higher than Premier Daniel Andrews.
Municipal chief executive officers are earning up to $460.000 as councils face growing pressure to rein in rate rises and other operational costs.
In 2017-18 the average pay packet for a metro council CEO was about $392,000 a Herald Sun survey has found.
By comparison, Mr Andrews gets $383,703 a year plus allowances, while Prime Minister Scott Morrison earns $527,852 plus allowances.
The top CEO earner last year was City of Melbourne boss Ben Rimmer with a package of $460,000.
Mr Rimmer left this month after a tumultuous year which saw the resignation of former Lord Mayor Robert Doyle over a sexual harassment scandal.
Other well paid chiefs included Greater Dandenong’s John Bennie $440,000 Boroondara.s Phillip Storer $430,000 and Mornington Peninsula’s former boss Carl Cowie $410,000 Ex-Victoria Police chief commissioner Simon Overland took home $340,000 as CEO of Whittlesea, council Earlier this month five councillors refused to attend a council meeting in protest against Mr Overland continuing in the role amid the Lawyer X scandal.
MR Overland said in a video message the police issue had nothing to do with his work at Whittlesea , but a council meeting’s agenda last Friday had a notice of motion about “employment matters involving CEO” The matter was held in secret and no information about the result has been released by council.
Among lower paid metro chief executives were metro chief executives were Maroondah councils Steve Kozlowski and Nillumbik Shire’s former CEO Mark Stoermer ON $330,000.
A Ratepayers Victoria spokesperson Jack Davis SAID COUNCIL CEO’S were on fat salaries while rates were excessive.
“Council have all got their Snouts in the Troughs”he said.
“There’s no trnansparency the more the CEO’S GET THE MORE the counncillors get.”
Mr Davis said CEO selection processes were out of date,and laws were needed to ensure councils were accountable to their communities.