Hunt steps up for a new Southern Downs CEO

THE hunt has finally begun for a new chief executive officer for the Southern Downs Regional Council.

Brisbane recruitment specialist Leading Roles has been engaged by the council to scour the nation in search of a new bureaucratic boss to replace former CEO Andrew Roach.

Mr Roach resigned in September to take up a senior post with Ipswich City Council, with David Tuxford acting in the role.

Mayor Peter Blundell was tight-lipped yesterday on the cost of the recruitment process, saying "sufficient funds" had been allocated.

Cr Blundell was also non-committal on a suggested contract clause requiring the new CEO to reside permanently within the Southern Downs council region, unlike Mr Roach.

"Council has considered the CEO recruitment at several meetings," he said.

"The community desire for the CEO to reside locally has also been considered and has been dealt with appropriately."

An advertisement placed on jobs website Seek by Leading Roles makes no mention of any such requirement, with the council having sought legal advice on its ability to enforce such a clause.

The legal advice has not been made public.

The Seek advertisement does not mention salary range, with council CEOs' base pay derived from a State Government formula relating to council size.

The advertisement does refer to Stanthorpe's $76m Emu Swamp Dam project as a key priority for the new CEO, who needs to possess "high level management of funding and liaison ... with the State and Federal Governments".

Applications for the job close on December 9.

Interested? Visit http://www.seek.com.au.



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