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29 August 2017

Indigo Shire CEO resigns


Chief Executive Officer of Indigo Shire Council Gerry Smith has resigned after three years in the top job.

Mr Smith took up the role in June 2014, moving from a director position with Moreland Council in Melbourne.

Indigo Shire Mayor Cr Jenny O'Connor said Mr Smith had led the organisation with passion and dedication.

"Gerry embraced the opportunity to work in a rural setting and worked tirelessly with enormous commitment across all areas of Council," she said.

"Gerry leaves the organisation in a sound financial position and well placed to meet the many challenges that small rural shires face.

"I have really enjoyed my time working with Gerry and found him to be both supportive, and highly professional in his approach to the role.

"Council and staff wish him every success in his new role and thank him for his leadership and service to Indigo Shire."

Mr Smith said he felt bittersweet about leaving Indigo Shire.

"I have relished my time at Indigo and appointment as its CEO has been a career highlight. However, my family base is in Melbourne and so I will be returning there to take up a role within State Government," Mr Smith said.

"There are many highlights in the past three years, but four stand out: the recent announcement of $12 million for rail trails in the region with $5 million for the rail trail between Beechworth and Yackandandah. This will bring economic growth directly to both towns but to the broader region generally.

"The second is the funding of $538,000 from the State Government for Chiltern Placemaking projects including the Martins Lane 'town square' development and the children's services hub.

"Another is the National Stronger Regions Funding of $900,000 towards the $1.84m Rutherglen Economic Revitalisation Project.

"The fourth is the recent development of the Council Plan, which clearly sets out the Council's priorities and provides clear direction for the community and organisation.

"We had a high level of engagement with people across the shire with this plan, and I was pleased to see the community help us create a plan for the projects and initiatives Council will deliver over the next four years."

Mr Smith said he would miss Indigo, but planned to contribute to the tourism spend by visiting often.

Cr O'Connor said an interim CEO would be appointed as soon as possible, and recruitment for a new CEO will begin immediately. Mr Smith finishes on 22 September.



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For further information:
Contact Cr Jenny O'Connor
Email mayor@indigoshire.vic.gov.au
Phone 0417 126 409