After several weeks of rumour and hearsay, Warrumbungle Shire Council issued a brief statement on Tuesday, 15 August regarding a major change to the management structure of the organisation.
The media release reads:
“Following a decision of Council on the 14 August, 2017, Mr Steve Loane is no longer General Manager of the Warrumbungle Shire Council. Mrs Leeanne Ryan will be Acting General Manager until further notice.”
While several attempts were made by the Coonabarabran Times to ascertain why the decision had been made, no further information was forthcoming due to issues relating to confidentiality.
Speaking with Mr Loane via phone on Tuesday, he said he was currently on sick leave.
“I did not attend the meeting yesterday [Monday, 14 August],” Mr Loane said.
“I have not been given a reason as to why they determined what they did.”
Mr Loane has been working as general manager of Warrumbungle Shire Council since May 2011, after his predecessor, Bob Geraghty, was relieved of his position by the then councillors.
It is interesting to note that only weeks ago, mayor, Peter Shinton, outlined in his regular column, ‘From the Mayor’s Desk’, published in the Cooonabarabran Times on Thursday, 3 August, that Mr Loane would soon receive a modest wage increase.
While recapping matters discussed at the July council meeting, held in Coolah, Cr Shinton wrote that Council resolved, by majority, to accept and endorse the report received from Local Government Management Solutions.
“And that the Council award an increase in the general manager’s salary of 2.5 per cent, based on his assessment of ‘Exceeding Expectation’,” Cr Shinton wrote.
While it has been business as usual at Warrumbungle Shire Council, the news has reverberated across the district.
A media release has announced that Steve Loane is no longer general manager of Warrumbungle Shire Council.