Council’s former Chief Financial Officer, Jay Nankivell, has been appointed to the position of General Manager.
Having served as Acting General Manager since January 2, Mr Nankivell was officially elevated to the top administrative position following a unanimous vote at today’s Extraordinary Meeting of Council.
Mr Nankivell is a fully qualified CPA, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds a Bachelor of Business (accounting/finance) degree and is currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning.
He has served as Broken Hill Council’s Chief Financial Officer and Manager Finance, Alexandrina Council’s Accounting Support Officer, and also worked at NSW Government level as Senior Business and Finance Officer with Local Land Services Western Region.
Mayor Darriea Turley AM said the combination of Mr Nankivell’s expertise in finance and local government along with his local knowledge made him an ideal choice for the General Manager position.
“From the beginning of the recruitment process we placed a high importance on financial acumen and that is certainly one of Jay’s biggest strengths,” said Mayor Turley.
“We knew the community was very keen on having a local General Manager, and we’d love to take credit for hiring one, however Jay’s status as a local wasn’t a deciding factor in the final decision – he has attained this position purely on merit.
“I am confident he will excel in this role and continue to provide the calm, measured, and astute leadership he has shown in the past as both a member of Council’s Executive and as Acting General Manager.”
Mr Nankivell said he was proud to take on the role, and thanked Councillors for their support.
“Like all locals I have a great passion for our city, and it’s an incredible honour to be able to take on this position to further serve Broken Hill,” he said.
“I know Councillors and senior staff have all worked very hard over the last five years to establish a solid foundation from which Council can build, and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue that good work.
“I look forward to working with residents, staff, and Council in the coming years to ensure we remain the greatest outback city in Australia.”