Council CEO quits four months early
Christian Tatman, Frankston Leader, 25 June 2019
Dennis Hovenden will leave his role at the end of the month. Frankston Council chief executive Dennis Hovenden has resigned.
The Leader understands the resignation — before his contract was due to expire on October 29 — followed a mutual agreement between Mr Hovenden and councillors. It follows simmering tensions over the chief executive’s future, with councillors voting at a closed briefing in April to advertise the position.
In a statement, Mayor Michael O’Reilly praised Mr Hovenden’s seven years in the top job. “I have been fortunate to work alongside Dennis for seven years, and through this time have been impressed by his genuine heartfelt concern for the wellbeing of the community and passion for achieving great outcomes for Frankston City,” he said. “Dennis’ knowledge of local government and politics is second to none. “He has worked tirelessly to ensure council achieves its advocacy priorities through two state and federal elections, engaging with ministers and members of parliament at all levels.”
Cr O’Reilly praised Mr Hovenden’s achievements including overseeing construction of the Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre.
Mr Hovenden could not be contacted for comment, His last day as chief executive will be June 30, with the council now exploring options for a temporary replacement until the end of October.