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AlburyCity begins national search for new senior leader

Wednesday 24 January 2024

Experienced local government leader Brad Ferris will retire as Deputy CEO, Infrastructure, Planning & Environment with Albury City Council at the end of his current five-year term on 30 June.

Mr Ferris’s impending retirement creates a significant opportunity for an experienced senior executive with innovative thinking and exceptional leadership and management expertise to step into this key role. AlburyCity has engaged national search firm Davidson Search & Advisory to assist in the recruitment process.

Announcing the decision, AlburyCity Chief Executive, Frank Zaknich, noted the extensive 40 years of Mr Ferris’s experience in local government and his key roles at AlburyCity over the last 36 years.

“Brad has made tremendous contributions to people and their communities throughout his career and played a central role in building Albury into the significant regional city it is today,” Mr Zaknich said.

“After joining Albury City Council in 1988, he gained wide experience in a variety of roles, leading to appointments as Civil Services Team Leader, Group Leader Services and Director Engineering, prior to his appointment as Deputy CEO Infrastructure, Planning & Environment in 2019.

“The breadth of his experience in infrastructure services planning and the waste and resource recovery environment, and his expertise working with our people to deliver diverse projects and services for our city and community, have been instrumental in making Albury a great place to live, work, invest and visit. We are very grateful and sincerely thank Brad for his significant service and commitment to AlburyCity, the broader region and the local government sector.”

Mr Zaknich also announced that Tracey Squire, Deputy CEO Business, Growth & Community, has been re-appointed to a further five-year term from 1 July 2024.

“Tracey has played an exceptional role in delivering on the community’s vision for Albury to be a nationally significant regional city that is vibrant, diverse and innovative, and connected and inspired by its culture, environment and location on the Murray River,” he said.

“We’re very fortunate that we’ll continue to have Tracey’s expertise to guide the business, economic and community aspects of our organisation, building stronger community engagement, enhancing our leisure facilities and fostering and developing the highly regarded and accessible cultural assets that continue to make our city thriving, resilient and liveable.”