With the impending retirement of the current CEO, Moira Shire Councillors have been conducting an exhaustive search over several months for a new CEO.
With a large field of applicants, the position attracted some quality candidates and Mayor Libro Mustica said he was thrilled to announce Clare Keenan had accepted the role and will commence as Moira Shire’s CEO in early July following a unanimous decision of Council.
“Firstly though, I would like to thank Mark Henderson for his absolute dedication to the Council and the Moira community as a whole,” Cr Mustica said.
“He came to us during a time of instability and steadied the ship, creating a respectful workplace where Councillors and staff could work as a team.
“Mark has managed the organisation so we were able to embark on a huge shire-wide capital works program spanning libraries, sports pavilions, road construction, drainage, and bridges.
“Mark leaves us with a very strong balance sheet, some large scale projects in the pipeline well supported by government grants, and a capable team to work with the incoming CEO.
“Moira Shire has benefitted from his years of local government experience and we will all be sorry to see him go at the end of June.”
Cr Mustica said the knowledge and enthusiasm Clare Keenan will bring to Moira Shire was exciting.
“Clare comes to us from Burke Shire Council, situated in far North West Queensland on the Gulf of Carpentaria,” he said.
“Prior to this, she held local and central government positions in New Zealand for more than 10 years, including as a Director of New Zealand’s Skills Strategy.
“Clare has also worked in the commercial sector as a stock broker and was instrumental in building an Arab news service across 16 global locations, headquartered in Washington DC.
“On behalf of Council, I am delighted to welcome Clare to her new role and new home here in Moira Shire.”
With the announcement of her appointment to the CEO position, Clare said she was excited to be working with such a genuine and engaged group of Councillors and staff.
“I have a focus on long term sustainability through economic development and diversification, and will advocate strongly for the infrastructure Moira Shire needs to achieve this,” Ms Keenan said.
“I want young people in the Shire to see working at Council as an attractive career path, as well as to ensure all people feel included and think of Moira Shire Council as an ethical, energetic and reliable friend.
“In order to have the dedication and energy required for the role of CEO, I believe you need to love the people and the place.
“Moira Shire, with its many towns, natural beauty and unique communities, will be very easy for me and my family to fall in love with.
“I can’t wait to start my new role and to meet you all.”