Maranoa Regional Council CEO Julie Reitano said council and her are focusing on the future.
Maranoa Regional Council CEO Julie Reitano said council and her are focusing on the future.

Maranoa CEO addresses future with council

JUST over a month since her councillor colleagues moved a now retracted motion to terminate her contract, Maranoa council CEO Julie Reitano has spoken out and said she is focused on moving the organisation forward.

In last week's council meeting, Maranoa councillors withdrew their original motion to terminate Ms Reitano's employment contract.

Ms Reitano told The Western Star that council consented to the motion being withdrawn after Queensland's corruption watchdog got in touch.

"With a new term of councillors in place, the broader council team and I are focusing on the future, particularly with council entering its busiest time of the year," Ms Reitano said.

"There is nothing further that I can comment on at this time."

Last week, the Crime and Corruption Commission confirmed they would be making inquiries into the Maranoa council regarding the motion to terminate Ms Reitano's contract.

Last Wednesday, eight councillors voted to send a letter of reply to the CCC.

Mayor Tyson Golder left the room, citing a conflict of interest.

Cr John Birkett said "We are writing to you as councillors of the Maranoa Regional Council, who have received emails on Monday, May 11 2020 individually regarding a complaint regarding proposed action in relation the Chief Executive Officer's contract," the letter reads.

Following the March 28 election and the council swearing in ceremony on April 16, one of the first orders of business for mayor Golder and Cr McMullen was to meet with Ms Reitano discussing her future with the organisation.

The following Saturday, April 18, the Ordinary Meeting agenda included a statement from Ms Reitano addressing rumours of her resignation.

Council's first meeting on April 22, the mayor moved the motion to terminate Ms Reitano's contract, with Cr McMullen seconding the motion.

The mayor said council would be interested in taking a new path.

"It is always good in a new term to look for a new direction," Cr Golder said.

Ms Reitano said the matter was discussed during council meeting on April 22, the motion was moved and seconded, but no vote taken.

"At Council's meeting on 13 May, council consented to the motion being withdrawn," she said.


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