Australia Unvaccinated Swan Hill Council CEO resigns

05:25  27 october  2021
05:25  27 october  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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Swan Hill Rural City Council received a letter of resignation from chief executive officer John McLinden today, Mayor Bill Moar advised this evening in a statement. "John advised in his letter that as a result of the Chief Health Officers directions, he has been unable to attend the workplace "John feels that as the CEO , in a senior leadership position, he is no longer able to continue in this role, while currently excluded from the workplace." The statement refers to the Victorian Government's decision to mandate vaccination against COVID-19 for essential workers, which came into effect on October 15.

Swan Hill Rural City Council chief executive officer John McLinden. SWAN Hill Council chief executive officer John McLinden has resigned after failing to comply with the COVID-19 vaccination mandate.

The mayor of a north-west Victorian council says it was "totally impractical" for the council's unvaccinated chief executive to continue in his role. 

Swan Hill CEO John McLinden tendered his resignation last night following reports he did not intend to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

All essential workers in Victoria are required to be vaccinated to work on-site, and the council last week granted Mr McLinden permission to work from home, with several councillors saying it was only a short-term solution. 

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews however warned Mr McLinden he would be working from home for the foreseeable future, with rules around mandatory vaccination unlikely to change any time soon. 

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If he can work from home and comply with the restrictions imposed on him being unvaccinated let him be.

SWAN Hill 's mayor and council have agreed to unvaccinated chief executive John McLinden working from home and attending council meetings virtually. Mr McLinden, who holds "strong personal views" on the vaccination issue confirmed to the The Guardian on Thursday he had failed to meet COVID-19 vaccine compliance. The Guardian Swan Hill .

Council mayor Bill Moar told the ABC working from home made Mr McLinden's position "untenable and totally impractical". 

"We have a very diverse range of things to do here and areas to cover, and he needs to be across the municipality at all times, visiting everywhere," Cr Moar said. 

"That is not possible [working from home], and he certainly understands that."

Cr Moar said Mr McLinden was a "magnificent" CEO for his five and a half years with the shire, and council was "very sad" to accept his resignation. 

'Personal decision'

Mr McLinden told the ABC it was a "personal decision" not to be vaccinated, and did not provide any further detail.

The average salary for a CEO at a Victorian council is $295,000, according to a 2019 report from the Local Government Inspectorate. 

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Address: 45 Splatt Street, Swan Hill . VIC 3585 Post: PO Box 488, Swan Hill . VIC 3585 Phone: (03) 5036 2333 Fax: (03) 5036 2340 Email: council @ swanhill .vic.gov.au Map: View Swan Business Centre. If you are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment, you can call through the National Relay Service. Teletypewriter TTY users Call 133 677, then enter Swan Hilll Rural City Council number: (03) 5036 2333.

Mr McLinden's last day of work with the Council will be Friday, November 5.

The latest data shows more than 95 per cent of residents over the age of 15 in Swan Hill are at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19, with 86.9 per cent fully vaccinated. 

The region recorded nine new cases on Tuesday, taking the number of active cases in the municipality to 67.

Swan Hill District Health CEO Peter Abraham said the vast majority of cases were young and unvaccinated.

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Swan Hill will now look for Mr McLinden's replacement in a crowded market, with the neighbouring Mildura and Buloke shires also searching for new CEOs.

Mildura has not had a permanent CEO since May. 

"As other councils have found, exceptional CEOs aren't falling out of trees," Cr Moar said. 

"It won't be an easy process. It could be quite an extended process." 

Cr Moar said the vaccination status of the next CEO will likely form part of their contract. 

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