Steve Craw­cour says it’s time to move on from shire

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WITH Strath­bo­gie Shire Coun­cil’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer con­tract con­clud­ing on Novem­ber 19 this year, Steve Craw­cour has an­nounced he will not be reap­ply­ing for the role.

The an­nounce­ment will con­clude seven years in the role for Mr Craw­cour, say­ing he is proud of what he and the or­gan­i­sa­tion have been able to achieve.

“A good leader knows when it’s time to move on and give a new in­com­ing CEO the op­por­tu­nity to build on what has been achieved to date,” Mr Craw­cour said.

“When I started as CEO I had a vi­sion to make the Strath­bo­gie Shire fi­nan­cially vi­able with a strong, ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive workforce and, to­gether with my out­stand­ing team, I be­lieve we have de­liv­ered on this.”

Mr Craw­cour was reap­pointed CEO by his fel­low coun­cil­lors back in April last year, de­spite back­lash from com­mu­nity mem­bers that the po­si­tion was not ad­ver­tised first.

Mayor Amanda McClaren said coun­cil re­spects Mr Craw­cour’s de­ci­sion not to reap­ply for his po­si­tion and ac­knowl­edges all he has done for the shire’s com­mu­ni­ties dur­ing his time with coun­cil.

“Coun­cil is com­mit­ted to find­ing a can­di­date who is the best pos­si­ble fit for the Strath­bo­gie Shire to con­tinue to build on the legacy that will be left by Mr Craw­cour,” Cr McClaren said.

“We are also com­mit­ted to un­der­tak­ing a very thor­ough re­cruit­ment process and will keep the com­mu­nity in­formed along the way.”

Coun­cil will now com­mence the re­cruit­ment process to re­place Mr Craw­cour, an­nounc­ing the help of re­cruit­ment com­pany Omera Part­ners to help guide them through the process.

Five short- listed com­pa­nies were se­lected to present to coun­cil af­ter coun­cil­lors held work­shops as­sess­ing 18 dif­fer­ent re­cruit­ment com­pa­nies.

Omera Part­ners was se­lected at the last Or­di­nary Coun­cil Meet­ing af­ter con­sid­er­ing the five can­di­dates’ and their pre­sen­ta­tions.

Strath­bo­gie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren said coun­cil are look­ing for­ward to sit­ting down with Omera Part­ners to start work­shop­ping and iden­ti­fy­ing the at­tributes we’re look­ing for in our next CEO.

De­spite the an­nounce­ment of his de­par­ture Mr Craw­cour said he is look­ing for­ward to lead­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion to de­liver as much for our com­mu­ni­ties as pos­si­ble dur­ing his fi­nal leg as CEO.

Coun­cil have also said Steve was piv­otal in steer­ing Coun­cil into a sus­tain­able fi­nan­cial po­si­tion with an or­gan­i­sa­tional cul­ture to match.

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