Council appoints new Chief Executive Officer

Burdekin Shire Council has announced the appointment of Terry Brennan as the organisation’s new Chief Executive Officer.

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin welcomed Mr Brennan to the senior executive role.

“There were 38 applications received for the position and our recruitment agency Leading Roles, in consultation with Councillors, shortlisted five candidates for interviews,” she said.

“All Councillors were involved throughout the process and were also part of the interview panel.

“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

“We still have the formalities to complete, but Mr Brennan has indicated he will accept our offer,” she said.

Mr Brennan 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 Council and am looking forward to the challenge.

“The plan is for my wife and I to permanently relocate to the Burdekin next year.”

Mr Brennan has an extensive history in local government and was the Cassowary Coast Regional Council Chief Executive Officer 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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