Adrian But­ler ap­pointed Gen­eral Man­ager

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ROBERT MUIR

Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil has ap­pointed its In­terim Gen­eral Man­ager, Adrian But­ler, to the po­si­tion of Gen­eral Man­ager on a four-year con­tract.

Mr But­ler’s ap­point­ment to coun­cil’s high­est se­nior staff po­si­tion fol­lows coun­cil’s ex­tra­or­di­nary meet­ing on Tues­day last week, and the sub­se­quent ac­cep­tance of that of­fer by Mr But­ler last Wed­nes­day.

“I am pleased to an­nounce that af­ter an ex­ten­sive re­cruit­ment process, coun­cil has made the de­ci­sion to ap­point Adrian But­ler to the po­si­tion of Gen­eral Man­ager of Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil,” Mayor Pat Bourke said.

“With the as­sis­tance of the ap­pointed re­cruit­ment agency, all coun­cil­lors as­sessed the ap­pli­ca­tions and first-round in­ter­views were held on the 22nd May. Short­listed can­di­dates then made pre­sen­ta­tions to coun­cil in in­ter­views held on Tues­day af­ter­noon. A pre­ferred can­di­date was then en­dorsed fol­low­ing the in­ter­views, at the Ex­tra­or­di­nary Coun­cil meet­ing later on Tues­day af­ter­noon. Coun­cil looks for­ward to work­ing with Adrian to con­tinue to progress Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil and its com­mu­ni­ties.”

Mr But­ler, the cur­rent Act­ing Gen­eral Man­ager of Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil, said he felt hon­oured to be of­fered the per­ma­nent role.

“I con­sider it a great priv­i­lege to be en­trusted with the po­si­tion of Gen­eral Man­ager of Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil,” he said.

“Coun­cil and staff are work­ing to­gether dili­gently with the com­mu­nity to de­liver so many com­mu­nity projects and es­sen­tial ser­vices. For me to be able to con­tinue to work and lead the staff of this hard­work­ing and ded­i­cated en­tity is ex­cit­ing.

“My short-term pri­or­ity as Gen­eral Man­ager will be to work closely with the coun­cil and the com­mu­nity that I serve and lead the staff by pro­vid­ing di­rec­tion and sta­bil­ity to en­able them to de­liver on the cur­rent work.

“My longer-term vi­sion is to en­sure the com­mu­nity con­tin­ues to trust and re­spect the work of the coun­cil, to work with many to de­liver on com­mit­ments, and to con­tinue to de­velop and im­ple­ment strate­gies that en­sure a strong, re­spon­sive and sus­tain­able coun­cil busi­ness. I be­lieve this will be de­liv­ered pro­fes­sion­ally, ef­fi­ciently and pas­sion­ately.”

Mr But­ler, who is 43, re­sides in Urana with his wife Re­becca and four young chil­dren. They have lived in the area since early 2013, where Mr But­ler held the po­si­tion of Gen­eral Man­ager at Urana Shire Coun­cil un­til the merger of the former Urana and Corowa Shires in May 2016.

Mr But­ler is orig­i­nally from the Bal­ranald area, and has an ex­ten­sive ca­reer in Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment span­ning over 21 years.

He com­menced his Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment ca­reer as an out­door staff mem­ber at Bal­ranald Shire Coun­cil, in 1997, pro­gress­ing through se­nior roles at Bal­ranald, Bourke, Lach­lan, Urana and Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cils over this time, in­clud­ing most re­cently at Wagga Wagga City Coun­cil, be­fore his ap­point­ment in the Act­ing Gen­eral Man­ager role at Fed­er­a­tion in De­cem­ber 2017.

Mr But­ler has ter­tiary qual­i­fi­ca­tions in En­vi­ron­men­tal Health, Build­ing Sur­vey­ing, Plan­ning, and is cur­rently com­plet­ing a Mas­ter of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Adrian spends his spare time in win­ter week­ends help­ing out with the Bil­l­abong Crows Aus­kick where his two old­est boys play, and also go­ing to as many Pony Club events as he can fit in, with his daugh­ter and youngest son rid­ing with Corowa Pony Club.

Adrian and Re­becca also have a love of farm­ing and the out­doors and spend a lot of their spare time work­ing on de­vel­op­ing their hobby farm just out of Urana.

Adrian’s in­ter­ests in­clude foot­ball, be­ing a keen Hawks sup­porter, and he played at Bal­ranald for many years, along with stints at Hay and Woome­lang Las­celles.

He is also a very keen ten­nis player when given the time, which ac­cord­ing to him is rarely. Our Gen­eral Man­ager played a lot of cricket in his younger days and en­joys wa­ter ski­ing and fish­ing.

Adrian But­ler pic­tured last week with his wife Re­becca and chil­dren Archie 10, Jack 9, Eva 7 and Casey 6.

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