Southern Grampians Shire has appointed Tony Doyle as its new chief executive officer.
Mr Doyle, who has been the interim CEO since September, has previously held positions as CEO at Knox City Council and Hindmarsh Shire Council.
He was also the state manager of the National Australia Bank.
Southern Grampians Shire Council mayor Bruach Colliton said Mr Doyle's appointment followed a rigorous and comprehensive recruitment process that attracted a strong shortlist of candidates.
"During the recruitment process we as a Council were impressed with the quality of applications received," Cr Colliton said.
"We are excited to have Tony here with us in the Southern Grampians on a more permanent basis as he brings with him not only extensive experience in economics, but has experience in local government through his time as CEO at city based Knox and rural Hindmarsh Councils, respectively.
"Tony has contributed significantly already in his short time with the Southern Grampians as Interim CEO and has been instrumental in advocating for the region on a political level to increase funding for key growth projects and advocate for priority services in the region.
"We look forward to working with Tony over the next few years to implement strategies outlined in our recent Council Plans and Vision, and are excited by his commitment to serving our Southern Grampians residents," concluded Cr Colliton.
Mr Doyle will transition from his interim role to appointed CEO on December 25 and is contracted for five years on a performance based contract.
He said he was looking forward to meeting challenges presented in the region and supporting the Southern Grampians with pandemic recovery.
"During my time here in the Southern Grampians as interim, I have been lucky enough to meet a lot of wonderful people and have been in absolute awe of the beauty of the landscapes we are so lucky to class as our backyard," said Mr Doyle.
"My last few months in the region has shown me what a strong and resilient community we have in the Southern Grampians. I have also seen the tremendous potential and opportunities that lie ahead and am very excited to take the helm as CEO.
"I've come into the council at a time where a number of important key projects such as the Pedrina Park Inclusive Sports Hub, Cox Street, HRLX underpass and more are either already progressing or about to start which makes me really excited to be part of the Team seeing these projects through.
"My wife and I are looking forward to Southern Grampians becoming our home and to being part of the community."
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