There is a lot going right at the District Council of Yankalilla and a lot has to do with the Chief Executive Nigel Morris.
The savings and efficiency programs implemented by Mr Morris has been lauded by his elected members.
Over the last five years operating expenditure has on average increased at a rate at less than one per cent per year, which is less than inflation.
Deputy Mayor Simon Rothwell said there was great pride in council due to the work of the Chief Executive.
"Since the Chief Executive had come on board there have been greater efficiencies in council operations. Better services and the staff work as a team," Cr Rothwell said.
Cr David Olsson commended Mr Morris and staff for the savings, while Mayor Glen Rowlands said it was due to the hard work of elected members as well.
"Credit must also go to the previous council, as well as this current council. The community has embraced us," Cr Rowlands said.
To further note the commitment of the Chief Executive, Mr Morris in his remuneration review recommended a freeze on any salary increase.
Mr Morris and the Senior Leadership Team will freeze their salary increases for 2020 as a cost saving measure to assist with COVID-19 financial implications.
Council also approved the Chief Executive Total Employment Cost (TEC) remain to the value as set on December 14, 2019 and no increase be provided in 2020.
An additional one-year extension was also provided to the Chief Executive Employment Contract noting a revised end date of December 13, 2025.
Councillor Peter O'Neil said council should not have wage freezes "for someone who does such a good job for our community".