Jan 16, 2017

Sudden exit for Gladstone council CEO

Sudden exit for Gladstone council CEO

Gladstone Regional Council today announced that its chief executive officer Stuart Randle had concluded his employment, effective immediately.

Departing chief executive officer Stuart Randle.

The council statement did not outline reasons behind the move, but said that Mr Randle and the council had come to a mutual agreement.

Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett said the agreement did not detract from the job Mr Randle had done as CEO since his appointment in July, 2011.

“Stuart’s leadership skills were integral to council negotiating its way through a period of extraordinary, rapid population growth – the fastest in Queensland from 2012 until 2015,” Councillor Burnett said.

In the written statement,Mr Randle said it had been a pleasure to serve the Gladstone region for almost six years in his role at council, and steer the organisation through major economic and structural changes.

“When I started with council we were a relatively new organisation still taking the difficult steps necessary to capture the benefits promised by amalgamation,” Mr Randle said.

“We have since successfully undertaken that transformation during an extraordinary growth phase for our region and a succession of natural disasters testing every aspect of our operations, while improving our efficiency by 28 per cent and increasing our customer satisfaction ratings.

“I am proud to leave the organisation in a good, strong position for the future.”

Chief financial officer Mark Holmes will serve as acting CEO until the position is filled.

The council said it would soon commence the recruitment process with the Local Government Association of Queensland to appoint Mr Randle’s replacement.

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