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At a special Council Meeting January 19, Council appointed Bradley Thomas, Director Community and Corporate Services, to the role of Interim CEO, after the recent resignation of Evan King and his appointment as CEO at the City of Ballarat. The appointment is for a maximum of 12 months or until a new permanent CEO is appointed.

Council has initiated a search for a new CEO.

Hepburn Shire Council Mayor Cr Lesley Hewitt said that Mr Thomas has shown great leadership in his role as a Director and as Acting CEO at various times over the last two years.

“Bradley has more than 12 years experience in Local Government and has the skills and knowledge to successfully lead the organisation. He has worked at both the City of Greater Bendigo and Mount Alexander Shire Council in leadership roles. Bradley is currently the President of FinPro, the peak body of Victorian Local Government Finance Professionals, further evidence of the high regard in which he is held in the field.”

Mr. Thomas said it was great to see Councillors showing faith in the internal leadership of the organisation.

“My appointment to the role means an easier transition for the organisation as the recruitment process for a permanent CEO is initiated,” said Mr. Thomas. “I’m looking forward to continuing the implementation of important projects across the Shire, and in particular it will be fantastic to work with Councillors and the community on the Hepburn Together project over the coming months.”