New boss for Plains

Kerang chief ap­pointed

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS - SHANE FOWLES

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

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