Sunshine Coast Council mayoral candidate Chris Thompson. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
Sunshine Coast Council mayoral candidate Chris Thompson. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily

Trust issues: Mayoral candidate calls for change

A FORMER deputy mayor says a review will of all Sunshine Coast Council senior executive positions will be undertaken if he secures the top job on March 28.

Mayoral candidate Chris Thompson said his intent was to build a values-based organisation.

 

Sunshine Coast Council CEO Michael Whittaker shakes hands with Mayor Mark Jamieson after his appointment to a five-year term in 2015.
Sunshine Coast Council CEO Michael Whittaker shakes hands with Mayor Mark Jamieson after his appointment to a five-year term in 2015.

The declaration comes in the wake of the resignation of CEO Michael Whittaker and revelations by current Mayor Mark Jamieson that "a process" was under way after employee welfare concerns were raised.

Mr Thompson served as deputy mayor until stepping down at the 2016 election.

He said values he would instil included transparency, honesty, integrity and trust.

"I understand it will take some time to rebuild the community's trust," he said.

"But I will work hard to do that and put a team in place that can do that.

"I want, as mayor, to be able to trust the executive including the CEO to conduct themselves by the example I'll set.

"Those executives who are uncomfortable with that will be asked to examine if they are the right fit for their roles.

"I want an executive team that can be trusted without the monitoring of their phone calls or emails and who are held to account by the high standards of councillors.

"All will be made aware of mine and the councillors' expectations"

Mr Thompson said he would commit to live streaming all council meetings and would establish a planning committee whose meetings would be open to the public.

Regarding the "process", Cr Jamieson did not indicate which council staff were involved and made clear it would be inappropriate to discuss details relating to any investigation involving council staff, as they needed to be dealt with in confidence, to ensure natural justice was afforded to all involved.



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