KI Council terminated its employment contract with CEO Andrew Boardman following a special meeting of councillors held on Tuesday, February 19.
Mayor Michael Pengilly said Mr Boardman’s termination was effective immediately, and it was a result of the council commissioning an investigation into a number of matters.
“What is critical at this time is that we respect Mr Boardman’s privacy and we wish to ensure the public that the matter has been dealt with fairly, with due process followed and we have acted in the best interest of the Island, council and our community,” Mr Pengilly said.
In other news, clr Larry Turner resigned as a councillor last Wednesday morning, telling The Islander he was resigning for family reasons. "I do not regret standing, nor do I regret my decision," he said.
The council meanwhile has appointed deputy CEO Greg Georgopoulos as acting CEO.
“Greg has been acting CEO since Mr Boardman recently took extended leave,” Mr Penguily said. “I have every confidence that Greg and our staff can work with the elected member body to manage the council through this difficult period.”
“Mr Boardman has been notified of council’s decision and I addressed all council staff Tuesday afternoon. Council would like to acknowledge and thank Mr Andrew Boardman for his service to council and this community over the past seven and a half years”.
Mr Pengilly noted that the council has a lot of work to get on with, including finalising a new Strategic Plan for the Island and setting in place a budget for 2019-2020.
“I am confident that we have a committed and effective team in place to steer a new direction to enable council to meet the needs of the Island, our residents and visitors,” he said.
The Islander attempted to contact Mr Boardman on Tuesday afternoon.