Sacking ‘a last resort’

MINISTER INTERVENES: Inspector appointed to council

SACKING council would be the last resort for Minister for Local Government, Jeanette Powell.

Her statement came as the Rural City of Wangaratta was plunged deeper into crisis this week.

Councillor Lisa McInerney has resigned, the majority of council’s senior management team has taken sick leave and mystery surrounds the chief executive officer, who was taken to hospital this week, but has still been working.

Ms Powell has appointed an inspector to sort the council out, in a move that could precede the entire council being sacked.

But Ms Powell told the Wangaratta Chronicle yesterday that sacking the council was not her intention.

“There’s a really high bar for a council to be sacked,” she said.

“It’s absolutely a last resort.

“This council was democratically elected and the expectation of the people of Wangaratta would be that they would provide good governance.”

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