Cr dissents over salary

BAYSWATER council has appointed Andrew Brien as its new CEO with a $319,625 salary package.

Cr Brent Fleeton was the only councillor to vote against the appointment, saying the yearly wage was “obscene” and at the top end of the advertised $250,000 to $325,000 range.

“My vote against was related to the salary as I think it is obscene that any local government in WA should pay one person so much,” he says.

“I trust the committee has chosen the best candidate from the field of applicants.”

Mr Brien, currently CEO of Bunbury council, has also been CEO of Fraser Coast Regional Council in Queensland, and has 25 years experience in local government.

He’s worked his way up from the bottom: after six years in the army he started as a labourer for Brisbane city council.

His total package as Bayswater CEO is worth $319,625 and his five-year contract will start no later than July 1.

Bayswater mayor Barry McKenna says 40 highly qualified candidates applied for the job, but Mr Brien stood out and had an “established track record”.

by DAVID BELL

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