BEGA Valley Shire Mayor, Bill Taylor, has announced the appointment of council’s new general manager.
The position has been awarded to current acting general manager, Leanne Barnes, who has been in the acting position since the resignation of Peter Tegart in August this year.
Cr Taylor said he was pleased that Ms Barnes had accepted a five-year contract for the position, and is looking forward to further developing an already strong working relationship.
“Leanne Barnes needs little introduction to local people because for the past 11 years she has played a pivotal role in developing vital relationships between council and the community.
“When Mr Tegart decided to move on in August, it became immediately apparent that Bega Valley Shire Council needed a strong and visionary leader to fill the void.
“Naturally we were relieved to see Ms Barnes stepping into the acting position, and now we are very happy to see her continuing and developing a leadership role for the next five years.
“Ms Barnes extensive background in Local Government, management, the sports industry and community development has combined to give us a person who is knowledgeable, competitive, guiding and approachable.
“She starts this position with an in-depth knowledge of the organisation’s processes and staff, but more importantly, Ms Barnes is very aware of our strengths and weaknesses.
“This will allow us to get on with the job from day one.
"We’re the arm of government that’s closest to the people, and through Ms Barnes knowledge and experience, we are assured of a seamless transition to a new and well respected general manager.
“For those who know Ms Barnes, they will talk of somebody who is passionate about her community, and dedicated to getting the best out of our organisation through the application of strong and amicable leadership.
“The decision to appoint Ms Barnes was unanimous among councillors, and we are looking forward to a new period of vision, connectivity and positive results for the shire and community,” Cr Taylor said.