Council settles with Overland

THE City of Whittlesea has reached a confidential settlement with former chief executive Simon Overland in relation to his legal proceedings challenging his dismissal by the former council.

Mr Overland’s contract was terminated on December 10, 2019 by the former council. His five-year contract was due to expire in August 2022.

Administrator Lydia Wilson said the settlement finalised all matters relating to the former chief executive and provided the organisation with an opportunity to move forward.

“In reaching this settlement with Mr Overland, we avoid a lengthy court process and further legal costs in relation to this matter,” Ms Wilson said.

“I have reviewed a number of documents, including the Independent Monitor’s Report that examined governance and operations at the City of Whittlesea. I believe this decision is in the best interest of the organisation and our community.”

The Monitor’s report said councillor behaviours had not been consistent with the Councillor Code of Conduct and caused significant harm to the council’s administration and reputation.

“The Monitor found councillors have stopped acting in the best interests of the City of Whittlesea and recommended its immediate dismissal and replacement with administrators,” Local Government Minister Adem Somyurek said.

The Council was dismissed by Parliament on March 19.

“The City of Whittlesea is now firmly focused on the community, delivering services and providing support that they expect and deserve,” Ms Wilson said

“We wish Mr Overland well in his future endeavours, and I look forward to working closely with the community and staff to ensure that Whittlesea is a place for all.”