Anthony McMahon has been appointed as Bega Valley Shire Council's Chief Executive Officer for the duration of a five-year term.
The recruitment process for a CEO followed the departure of general manager Leanne Barnes who advised councillors of her intention not to seek a renewal of her contract in 2021.
In May 2021 director of assets and operations, Anthony McMahon stepped up into the role as acting CEO.
Mayor Russell Fitzpatrick said the selection process to place a CEO was extensive and competitive, with the calibre of the applicants extremely high.
Twenty-five applications for the CEO role were received, with 10 invited to a preliminary interview.
Six candidates were invited to a face-to-face interview with the selection panel, before the final two were interviewed again earlier this month.
The initial assessment panel comprised the Mayor and Councillors Mitchell Nadin, Helen O'Neill and David Porter before the full Council making the final decision.
Mayor Fitzpatrick said Mr McMahon was a highly experienced and respected senior leader.
"He has been Acting CEO at Council for the last nine and a half months and has extensive local government experience over the last 14 years including 11 years at an Executive level," said the mayor.
"After the disruptions and changes over the last few years, we are ready for renewal.
"This appointment marks an exciting new chapter for the Bega Valley. Council is looking forward to working with Mr McMahon as the organisation grows and develops into the future."
Mr McMahon said he was humbled by the appointment.
"I'm very excited to be leading Council into the future, with the support of a professional and innovative team," said Mr McMahon.
"I look forward to supporting the community and our staff through the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead."
Mr McMahon started with Bega Valley Shire Council in April 2018, when he was appointed director of assets and operations.
Prior to that he was general manager of Boorowa Council between 2013 and 2016, and general manager of Hilltops Council from 2016 to 2018.
Mr McMahon has been a board member of the Canberra Region Joint Organisation (CRJO) and Chair of the General Manager Advisory Group within the CRJO.
He has continued to sit as Chair of the Bega Valley Local Emergency Management Committee and board member of Regional Development Australia Far South Coast.
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