Rebecca McKenzie appointed to the top job.CHALPAT SONTI July 11, 2012 4:23am
A new chief executive has been appointed for Mitchell Shire Council, heading off concerns the organisation might be left without a boss after October’s local government elections.
Rebecca McKenzie, whose experience spans Queensland state government and Victorian and United Kingdom local government, will take up the role on September 11.
She replaces David Keenan, who resigned to take up a similar position at Tweed Heads in April.
June Dugina, who has been acting chief executive since, will continue in the role until Ms McKenzie starts.
Ms McKenzie was appointed after councillors unanimously agreed on Thursday night on a recommendation by a committee set up to oversee the matter.
That committee was formed after councillors expressed concern that the recruitment process could not be delayed after Mr Keenan’s shock resignation as it could leave the incoming council without a chief executive until as late as next year’s budget process.
Ms McKenzie comes from Yarra Ranges Council, where she has been director of corporate services since 2009.
After starting out in various state government departments in Queensland, she then led human resources and change at Swindon Borough Council in the UK for five years.
She said she was excited to join Mitchell Shire Council ‘‘at this critical time in its development and look forward to working in partnership with the community and elected Council to realise their vision’’.
‘‘Community services that support quality of life outcomes, stimulation of local business and industry and responsible financial management will also be areas of focus,’’ Ms McKenzie said.
‘‘I am looking forward to working with all council staff to deliver these outcomes.’’
Mayor Sue Marstaeller said: ‘‘We are delighted to announce Rebecca’s appointment. We have a number of challenges in front of us, not the least being the growth that we will experience in the next few years. We believe Rebecca’s experience and enthusiasm will be invaluable.’’
Ms McKenzie holds a Bachelor of Arts, Masters in Human Resource Management and professional qualifications in Business Administration. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
She is a keen hiker who reached the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro in 2011 and enjoys travelling, good food and wine.
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