New boss for Plains
Kerang chief appointed
GOLDEN Plains Shire has secured a new chief executive to replace outgoing long-term leader Rod Nicholls.
Eric Braslis, the chief of Gannawarra Shire in northern Victoria, was appointed to the Golden Plains job on Friday night and will begin in midDecember.
Mr Braslis moved to Gannawarra, based in Kerang, after roles at Ballarat and metropolitan councils.
Mayor Des Phelan said Mr Braslis stood out among a strong field of candidates, with his ability across a wide variety of government functions a deciding factor.
“Our councillors were impressed by Eric’s passion for the work that local government does, and his vision to build on the strengths of the Golden Plains region,” Cr Phelan said.
“Eric’s technical background is in planning and strategy, which is a great fit for a growing shire such as ours.
“As our shire is similar to other councils in offering over 100 diverse services and programs for our ratepayers, our new CEO will be able to hit the ground running.”
The appointment was ratified by a special meeting of council late on Friday.
Mr Nicholls has been Golden Plains’ one and only chief executive, leading the council since its inception in 1994.
He is retiring in December after more than 47 years of work in local government.
DEPARTING CEO: Rod Nicholls