8 of 11 Bayswater councillors vote for CEO to go; Lefante accepts decision

8 of 11 Bayswater councillors vote for CEO to go; Lefante accepts decision

EIGHT out of 11 City of Bayswater councillors voted in support of letting go the chief executive officer at a confidential meeting held last month.

Francesa Lefante, previously the director of planning and development services, has been at the City for 15 years. The meeting was held August 23 and the minutes were made available to the public last week.

Moved by Councillor Dan Bull and seconded by Councillor Brent Fleeton, council requested the mayor write to the chief executive notifying her that council no longer wished to renew her contract.

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Councillors Catherine Ehrhardt, Stephanie Coates, Alan Radford, Chris Cornish, Sally Palmer and Mayor Barry McKenna were also in support of the move, while councillors Terry Kenyon, Michelle Sutherland and John Rifici were against the decision.

Council also authorised the mayor to enter negotiations with the chief executive to resolve the transition period to ensure ratepayers’ interests were protected and the City fulfilled its obligations under the Local Government Act.

A previous motion moved by Cr Kenyon, seconded by Cr Rifici, to renew Ms Lefante’s contract was lost by 5-6.

Ms Lefante said she understood and accepted the council’s decision.

The City of Bayswater would not respond to questions about why the council did not renew the contract.

Council then held a special council meeting last Monday to consider the chief executive’s employment contract.

“Discussions with the chief executive are continuing and when these have been completed, the City will issue a statement,” Cr McKenna said.