Terry Brennan

Areas of Responsibility

The chief executive officer of a local government is responsible for implementing the local government’s policies and decisions.  On a day-to-day basis, the chief executive officer’s role includes managing the local government’s affairs.

In addition to the responsibilities held by every local government employee, as stated in section 13 of the Local Government Act 2009, the chief executive officer has the following extra responsibilities –

(a) managing the local government in a way that promotes—

(i) the effective, efficient and economical management of public resources; and
(ii) excellence in service delivery; and
(iii) continual improvement;

(b) managing the other local government employees through management practices that—

(i) promote equal employment opportunities; and
(ii) are responsive to the local government’s policies and priorities;

(c) establishing and implementing goals and practices in accordance with the policies and priorities of the local government;

(d) establishing and implementing practices about access and equity to ensure that members of the community have access to—

(i) local government programs; and
(ii) appropriate avenues for reviewing local government decisions;

(e) keeping a record, and giving the local government access to a record, of all directions that the mayor gives to the chief executive officer;

(f) the safe custody of—

(i) all records about the proceedings, accounts or transactions of the local government or its committees; and
(ii) all documents owned or held by the local government;

(g) complying with reasonable requests from councillors—

(i) for advice to help the councillor make a decision; or
(ii) for information, that the local government has access to, relating to the local government.

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