New CEO revealed
THE new CEO of Bass Coast Shire Council has named economic development and financial management as among the issues he will address when he assumes the role in March 2014.
Paul Buckley was yesterday announced as the successor to incumbent CEO Allan Bawden.
Mr Buckley is the current CEO of Latrobe City Council based in Morwell and comes to the role with 36 years experience in local government in that region.
“I want to make certain that we get the mix between economic development and population growth right in respect to the natural environment,” he said of his new role at Bass Coast.
“The council is keen to have a look at the services that we provide and financial management is another priority for council.
“There are plenty of challenges but I am excited to be coming over.”
Mayor Cr Neil Rankine said council was “spoiled for choice”.
The role was highly sought after, with more than 50 applicants from all over the country, many of whom already held CEO positions.
“Councillors were unanimous in this decision. Paul has the right set of skills and experience, and will use his extensive network of contacts across all levels of government for the benefit of our community,” Cr Rankine said.
Mr Buckley has been CEO at Latrobe for the past 10 years and previously worked in council’s corporate services division and held the role of general manager of city strategy.
He will commute from his home in Yinnar and also spend time at a family holiday home at Cape Woolamai.
Mr Buckley said often visits the Bass Coast, and said the new role offered a mix of challenges.
Cr Rankine said Mr Buckley would assume his position in early March, coinciding with the retirement of Mr Bawden.
Mr Buckley holds a Graduate Diploma of Business Management from Monash University and has completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at Harvard University.
He has also completed the Colloquia program through the Cranlana Program, and is a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mr Buckley was awarded with the Public Service Medal in the 2012 Queens Birthday honours for outstanding public service and sustained leadership to the local community.
He holds a number of positions on various community committees including the Regional Development Australia Gippsland Committee, and AFL Gippsland Regional Commission.
Mr Buckley is a member of Local Government Managers Australia and the International City and County Managers Association.
He has an initial five year contract with Bass Coast.
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