Former CEO Ken McLoughlin
Former CEO Ken McLoughlin Danielle Lowe

CEO had a ‘different view’

MAYOR Wayne Kratzmann has broken his silence on the sudden departure of former CEO Ken McLoughlin.

He said a mutual decision was made on Monday, November 3, to end Ken McLoughlin's employment with the South Burnett Regional Council following internal disagreements.

"Whilst I appreciate Ken's commitment and diligence to the council over the last three years, there was simply a different viewpoint regarding the vision and future direction of the council," Cr Kratzmann said in a written statement.

The brief statement follows several South Burnett Times requests for an explanation.

These requests included a formal Right to Information (RTI) application requesting access to emails between the mayor and former CEO in relation to the dismissal.

The RTI request was refused, citing a lack of documentation.

When Ken McLoughlin left his position with Toowoomba Regional Council in 2008 as the organisational development executive officer, he was reportedly offered a ratepayer-

funded payout of $300,000 and was asking $390,000.

The South Burnett Times contacted Mr McLoughlin, but he declined to comment on his departure.

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