South Gippsland Shire’s Bryan Sword attended his last meeting as acting chief executive officer (CEO) at the top table in the council chamber at Leongatha on Wednesday February 26, 2020.
Mr Sword will be returning to his previous position as the shire’s development services director when newly appointed CEO Kerryn Ellis starts in South Gippsland on Tuesday March 10.
Shire council administration panel chair Julie Eisenbise said, “I want to acknowledge the efforts of the acting CEO during the past nine months.
“You got an administrative commissioner for your birthday, and then a panel of administrators to work with and advise,” she said.
“While you may have felt ruffled at the time you did not appear to be, and you have helped us all enormously since, including gently pointing out whenever I’d forgotten a bit of meeting protocol such as calling for a seconder to a motion.
“You’ve been able to encourage all of the staff during the same period and today is your last meeting as CEO,” Ms Eisenbise said.
“We wanted to make sure we recorded our vote of thanks to you for doing a job that has not been easy.”
Her fellow administrators, Rick Brown and Christian Zahra, agreed with Ms Eisenbise and offered Mr Sword their thanks and appreciation, too.
Mr Sword was appointed as acting CEO to the shire on May 8, 2019, after the previous CEO Tim Tamlin’s contract was not renewed after about 10 years in the job, and Mr Tamlin’s application for the 12-month acting CEO job was rejected by the then council. Mr Sword began what was to be a 12-month stretch as acting CEO on May 24, 2019, however Ms Ellis’s arrival sees him back in the development services director’s office three months early.