City of Parramatta announces appointment of new CEO

City of Parramatta Council has announced the appointment of Gail Connolly PSM as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Donna Davis said Ms Connolly was selected by Council following an extensive national search and brings with her more than 30 years’ experience in the public sector.

“I am delighted to welcome Ms Connolly to the City of Parramatta. Council looks forward to working closely with Ms Connolly as we continue to deliver valuable services and important projects for our community,” Cr Davis said.

“Ms Connolly’s extensive leadership experience in local and state government will be an asset to our Council. With her deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges ahead of us, we are confident Ms Connolly is the right person to lead the City of Parramatta through this unprecedented period of transformation and growth.”

Ms Connolly, who earlier this year was awarded a highly coveted Public Service Medal as part of the Australia Day Honour Awards, was most recently General Manager of Georges River Council, where she successfully led the Council during its amalgamation. She was previously General Manager at the City of Ryde and has held senior executive roles at several other large local government organisations including City of Gold Coast, City of Sydney, and Campbelltown Council.

Ms Connolly said she was honoured to accept the role and looked forward to serving the people of Parramatta and working in partnership with the community to achieve outstanding outcomes for the City.

“I feel privileged to be given the opportunity to lead the City of Parramatta through its next chapter. I look forward to working with the Lord Mayor, Councillors and staff in creating a dynamic organisation that continues to prosper and serve the diverse and vibrant community of Parramatta,” she said.

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