Former Victoria Police commissioner Simon Overland has been sacked as chief executive of a Melbourne council that will be monitored over bullying and workplace safety concerns.
Mr Overland's dumping as chief executive of the City of Whittlesea comes as the former top policeman prepares to give evidence to the Lawyer X royal commission over the force's use of informants.
He has been on sick leave while he waits to give evidence about Victoria Police's use of Nicola Gobbo as an informer against the underworld clients she represented.
Australia's youngest mayor Emilia Lisa Sterjova, who took the role in November on the eve of her 23rd birthday, officially announced the decision on Wednesday afternoon.
"At a council meeting held on Tuesday 10 December, the City of Whittlesea resolved to terminate the contract of its chief executive officer, Simon Overland, effective immediately," she said in a statement.
"Council wishes Mr Overland well for his future endeavours."
Councillor Tom Joseph told ABC Melbourne on Wednesday the decision was marked confidential, but he disagreed with it.
Victorian Local Government Minister Adem Somyurek said a monitor would be put in place to check the Whittlesea council was doing the right thing by taxpayers.
"There have been issues around workplace safety, bullying, the treatment of the CEO," Mr Somyurek told reporters in Melbourne on Wednesday.
"But generally what we're concerned about is making sure that standards don't slip in the city of Whittlesea."
Mr Somyurek said he received a recommendation to put a monitor on the council a few days ago, but the council's decision to sack Mr Overland forced the government to reveal its plans before it had a monitor ready.
He said he spoke to Mr Overland a month ago about what was going on with the council.
"I think it's unusual that someone on sick leave is sacked," Mr Somyurek said.
Victoria Police's current chief commissioner Graham Ashton has given evidence to the royal commission this week, with Mr Overland and another former chief commissioner Christine Nixon expected soon.
Australian Associated Press