Dec 13, 2016

Burdekin Shire appoints new CEO

Burdekin Shire appoints new CEO

Burdekin Shire Council has announced the appointment of Terry Brennan as the organisation’s new chief executive officer.

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said 38 applications were received for the position and recruitment agency Leading Roles, in consultation with councillors, had shortlisted five candidates for interviews.

“All councillors were involved throughout the process and were also part of the interview panel,” she said.

“We are very pleased to have a person of Mr Brennan’s high calibre join us.”

Cr McLaughlin said the criteria used by Burdekin Shire Councillors to select the CEO were:
• Local Government Expertise
• Governance
• Financial Management
• Leadership
• Economic and Community Development

Mr Brennan, who has been working as the Burdekin Shire Council’s interim CEO, said the experience he had gained over the past seven weeks had encouraged him to apply for the role.

“While I’ve been here I have gained the impression that this is a well-run council with committed staff and having had the opportunity to work with the mayor and councillors I felt confident to take on the role as CEO,” he said.

“I feel, going forward, that I can offer some value to the ouncil and am looking forward to the challenge.”

Mr Brennan has an extensive history in local government and was the Cassowary Coast Regional Council CEO from July 2008 through to July 2016. More recently he was employed as an adviser to the Department of Local Government.

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