A FORMER Sunshine Coast council CEO, who oversaw massive job cuts, is now earning more than Victoria's Premier Daniel Andrews.
City of Greater Geelong chief executive Kelvin Spiller earned between $390,000 and $400,000 in the 2015-16 financial year - beating the Premier by more than $100,000.
Back in 2015, the City described Mr Spiller as a "highly qualified business leader and executive coach with over 35 years experience in building, leading, managing and developing professional teams in complex service organisations".
"Aside from leading three Victorian municipalities, he has also served as the CEO of Queensland's Maroochy Shire Council," the Geelong Advertiser reported.
Mr Spiller was appointed interim chief executive after the council and mayor Darryn Lyons, the former paparazzo, were sacked by the Andrews state government.
Earlier, Mr Spiller was beaten for the Melbourne City Council top job by David Pitchford in a recruitment process that was marred by controversy.
Mr Spiller was CEO for the then Maroochy Shire Council from 1998 until 2004 before he resigned to take up the position of CEO of the Endeavour Foundation.
At Maroochy, he became well known for organisational change - and some big job cuts.
According to a recent article by the Geelong Advertiser, Mr Spiller is the second-highest paid municipal boss statewide with City of Melbourne chief executive Ben Rimmer receiving between $460,000-$469,999.
Borough of Queenscliffe chief executive Lenny Jenner earned up to $240,000 during the same period with Surf Coast Shire chief executive Keith Baillie paid up to $260,000 and Golden Plains chief executive Rod Nicholls paid up to $290,000 - a combined total over more than $1.1 million shared by the region's four council bosses.
The number of council staff across Victoria on a pay scale of between $150,000 and $460,000 increased by more than 60 employees last financial year.
Ratepayers Victoria spokesman Joe Lenzo told Leader News such exorbitant salaries couldn't be justified. "Without a doubt they are out of line with community standards," he said.
But Victorian Local Governance Association chief executive Kathryn Arndt said councils could be large and complex organisations and often competed with the private sector to attract and retain staff.
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