Tablelands Regional Council (TRC) has a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
CEO Justin Commons resigned on Wednesday 27 May and Council appointed Bob Owen as Interim
CEO for at least 12 months.
Mr Owen was TRC’s General Manager of Community Planning and Environment, but now takes the top job.
Mayor Rod Marti said the Council was clearly on a new path since the election two months ago, and this leadership change re-affirmed this commitment.
‘To be able to transition quickly from Mr Commons to Mr Owen has been a blessing.
‘Mr Owen brings a wealth of local government experience, having served as a Councillor and CEO, and with formal qualifications in law and significant experience in executive management and providing advice to local governments.
‘We are pleased Mr Owen has stepped up to work closely with the new Council.
‘The changing direction of any Council is a difficult task, but the new Council had made good progress in a short time.
‘We are working hard to create a we-are-here-to-help attitude and to focus on outcomes.
‘Councils tend to become bureaucratic if left unchecked, but we want to make sure TRC is better equipped to serve the community.
‘Our biggest priority now is to work through the challenges of Covid-19 to put together our budget.
‘We’re trying to pull in the reins, but at the same time we don’t want to create more hardship by running things too lean.
‘It’s certainly a finer balancing act than normal,’ said Mayor Marti.