CEO, Deputies to lead council

AlburyCity has announced two of the organisation’s senior leaders have been appointed to new Deputy Chief Executive Officer roles.

As part of a major organisational review, Tracey Squire has been appointed Deputy CEO Business, Growth and Community, and Brad Ferris will take-up the position of Deputy CEO Infrastructure, Planning and Environment.

Ms Squire is currently AlburyCity’s Director of Economic Development and Tourism, a position she has held for ten years.

Mr Ferris has more than 30 years of local government experience and has been council’s Director of Engineering for the past 11 years.

As part of the changes, AlburyCity’s General Manager, Frank Zaknich, will transition to the new role of Chief Executive Officer.

Mr Zaknich said the appointment of Ms Squire and Mr Ferris as Deputy CEOs would be pivotal in the development of a more streamlined leadership structure within council.

”Our Deputy CEOs will be responsible for high-level overview of their directorates to ensure Council continues to deliver on Albury 2030, the community-driven vision for Albury’s economic, social and environmental future,” he said.

”Tracey is a proven strategic leader who brings a high level of business and commercial acumen coupled with community building to her new role while Brad, who is a qualified civil engineer, will continue to provide the strategic direction for infrastructure, development and commercial business related activities across AlburyCity.”

AlburyCity Mayor  Kevin Mack said the new senior leadership team would provide high-level strategic focus and support for council and the community.

”The transition of the General Manager’s position to CEO will allow for a greater organisational focus on advocacy, strategy, vision and purpose while the appointment of the Deputy CEOS will ensure the diverse functions of Council continue to work together to ensure Albury continues to thrive and grow in line with the hopes and expectations of our community,” he said.

”This is a more contemporary and streamlined senior leadership structure that will enhance Council’s abilities to deliver improvements that will make our city an even better place to live, work and invest.”

The new structure of a CEO and two Deputy CEOs replaces a former management framework of four Directors reporting to the General Manager.

Mr Zaknich paid tribute to long-serving Directors, Michael Keys and James Jenkins, and Acting Director Simona Coad, whose terms will be completed at the end of June.

”Their exemplary commitment and significant contribution to the organisation over the many years they have been a part of our senior management team has really been outstanding,” he said.

”They are all highly respected and we all wish them every success in their future endeavours.”

Mr Zaknich said more than 40 candidates from across Australia applied for the Deputy CEO positions, an endorsement of Albury’s lifestyle and career attractions and a positive reflection of the work that AlburyCity is delivering to the community.

All of the new positions will take effect from 1 July 2019.

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