The Coast will know the name of its new chief executive officer (CEO) next Tuesday, March 2, Central Coast Council administrator Dick Persson said.
Mr Persson held an extraordinary meeting on Thursday, February 25, to explain the process that would be followed.
The confidential selection panel report had made a recommendation which he had reviewed and agreed with.
The council will offer the recommended person the position of CEO – or general manager for the purposes of the Local Government Act.
He/she/them will replace acting CEO RIk Hart, presuming they accept the position.
The meeting took less than two minutes.
Days earlier, Mr Persson said in a press release that the CEO operates as the link and buffer between the elected officials and the organisation.
Prior to 1994, the mayor was the CEO, he said.
In 1994 most states reformed the legislation to change that, making it clear the new position of general manager (replacing the old town clerk) ran the organisation.
The CEO reports to the elected body which has the role of setting policy, priorities, the annual budget and governing risk.
“I’m only interviewing people with a proven track record of success in a large council,” MrPersson said on Monday.