Cr Adam Belot says insufficient information was given to make and informed vote on the new CEO.
Cr Adam Belot says insufficient information was given to make and informed vote on the new CEO. contributed

Cr Belot defends decision to vote against CEO appointment

LIVINGSTONE Shire Councillor Adam Belot said his decision to vote against chief executive Andrew Ireland's appointment was not a reflection on Mr Ireland, but on the process.

He said his heart was pumping when the vote was called at the council's first meeting on January 2.

"With no opportunity to read one document or application, I had no option but to vote no," he said.

Cr Belot (pictured) said he was aware the appointment had to be made early, and follow a transparent process.

"I understand privacy protection is normally achieved by moving the meeting into committee, to enable council to discuss the issue thoroughly with (everyone) present.

"How can anyone make an informed vote when they're only given one name?"

Cr Belot referred to a statement by transfer manager Graeme Kanofski who said: "It's my belief councillors should never put a hand up to vote unless they have all the knowledge..."

The appointment was carried, five votes to one.



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