Administrative history note:
Following the resignation of the Town Clerk (Leon Parmeter Carter) in 1992, and following a report on the management structure by consultants, Council decided on 17 August 1992 to employ a General Manager as chief executive officer, and to appoint the Deputy Town Clerk (Mr Graham Joss) as Acting Town Clerk pending the appointment of the General Manager. These moves foreshadowed changes known to be included in the forthcoming Local Government Act 1993 (law from 1 July 1993) which required local governments to adopt more up-to-date management structures.
On 21 December 1992 Council agreed to implement the new management structure recommended by the consultants (Ernst & Young). The Office of the General Manager is deemed to have been established from 1 January 1993.
The General Managers have been:
Katie Lahey,14 December 1992 to 25 August 1995.
Greg Maddock, 1 February 1996 to January 2001.
Murray Douglas, February 2001 to June 2001.
John Kass (Acting), July 2001 to October 2001.
Robert Domm, November 2001 to September 2004.
Petar Vladeta (Acting), October 2004 to March 2005.
Peter Seamer, March 2005 to April 2006.
Monica Barone, since April 2006.
The Office of the General Manager was at first (1993-1995) focussed on implementation of the administrative reorganisation that created new Divisions from the old departments, and with the accompanying restructuring and downsizing. The major ongoing responsibilities have been: public affairs (publicity and promotional activity); and management of cultural affairs and civic occasions (shared responsibility with the Office of the Lord Mayor); and (through subordinate agencies) provision of secretariat services to the Council and Committees; and legal services. Between 1993 and 1998 this office was also responsible for the conduct of Council elections.
From 1996 the Office of the General Manager has also been responsible for coordination of Major Events (such as the City Open days) and for the Olympic Program Office established in 1997.
Following the re-amalgamation of South Sydney City Council with the City in 2004, an organisational restructure created the position of Deputy General Manager, to whom the business units within the OGM reported. This position was abolished in May 2005 and the title of the Office of the General Manager changed to Office of the CEO [Chief Executive Officer] and Councillor Support