COUN­CIL WATCH New CEO aim­ing for “good change”

Dubbo Photo News - - Dubbo Weekender - By YVETTE AUBUSSON-FO­LEY

DUBBO Re­gional Coun­cil’s in­terim CEO, Michael Mcma­hon, was con­firmed ear­lier this week as the suc­cess­ful can­di­date to fill the role per­ma­nently.

Coun­cil re­solved at an ex­tra­or­di­nary coun­cil meet­ing held on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 8, for the po­si­tion of CEO to be of­fered to Mr Mcma­hon.

An undis­closed num­ber of can­di­dates ap­plied for the po­si­tion.

Mr Mcma­hon brings 26 years of ex­pe­ri­ence to his five-year ten­ure which was made ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately on Mon­day this week.

The an­nounce­ment comes af­ter an ex­tended pe­riod of im­posed and per­ceived in­sta­bil­ity af­fect­ing Coun­cil and the re­gion, in­clud­ing the State-led amal­ga­ma­tion and in­tro­duc­tion of a ward vot­ing sys­tem for coun­cil elec­tions, the in­stal­ment of a new coun­cil and in­evitable teething pe­riod, and the con­tro­ver­sial exit of for­mer Coun­cil Gen­eral Man­ager, Mark Ri­ley.

“I sent a lit­tle note out to staff af­ter Coun­cil ap­pointed me and I got a lot of re­sponses back from staff con­grat­u­lat­ing me and com­pli­ment­ing me and they were glad a per­ma­nent leader has now been cho­sen; and they’ll be happy to work with me as they have in the last ten months,” Mr Mcma­hon said.

The new CEO also said the per­ma­nency given to the role is of ben­e­fit to at­tract­ing new tal­ent to Coun­cil from out­side the re­gion.

“I’ve got a plat­form to bring change that’s good change that will be of ben­e­fit to the com­mu­nity Dubbo Re­gional Coun­cil mayor con­grat­u­lates newly ap­pointed CEO Michael Mcma­hon out­side Coun­cil’s Civic Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing in Dubbo. and ben­e­fit the staff.

“I hope it’s pos­i­tive feed­back from the com­mu­nity. For the last 10 months, there’s been a lot of changes in del­e­ga­tions, a lot of changes in gov­ern­ment pro­ce­dures of our com­mit­tees and our coun­cil meet­ings, and great changes in the de­vel­op­ment of our project man­age­ment team which will now pro­vide a bet­ter mech­a­nism for us to op­er­ate.

“I am look­ing for­ward to con­tin­u­ing liv­ing in Dubbo and de­liv­er­ing on the many great ini­tia­tives Dubbo Re­gional Coun­cil has un­der­way,” he said.

Mayor Ben Shields also con­grat­u­lated Mr Mcma­hon.

“Michael has lengthy ex­pe­ri­ence as Gen­eral Man­ager of a num­ber of ma­jor NSW Coun­cils and the Coun­cil has full con­fi­dence he will serve Dubbo Re­gional Coun­cil well,” Cr Shields said.

The mayor said the ap­point­ment of Michael Mcma­hon will pro­vide added cer­tainty for the com­mu­nity and staff to lead the Coun­cil through an ex­cit­ing pe­riod of growth.

The con­tract of the CEO is the Of­fice of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Stan­dard Con­tract for the Em­ploy­ment of Gen­eral Man­agers for a pe­riod of five years. The doc­u­ments and con­sid­er­a­tions in re­la­tion to this mat­ter re­main con­fi­den­tial to Coun­cil.

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