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Logan City Council announces new CEO

Published: 2 June 2017

Logan City Council announces new CEO
Sharon Kelsey will start in her new role as Logan City Council's CEO on June 27.

Logan City Council has announced the appointment of its new Chief Executive Officer, Sharon Kelsey.

The appointment comes after an extensive nationwide recruitment process aimed at bringing a new and experienced local government executive to the city.

City of Logan Mayor Luke Smith, said the council team adopted a fresh approach to the recruitment process after broad consultation with staff over the past several months.

“In the lead up to this recruitment process, we spent a great deal of time talking to staff right across the organisation and seeking input on the types of skills, experiences and characteristics they believe are important for our new CEO,” Mayor Smith said.

"They told us they wanted to see qualities such as great communication skills, integrity, knowledge and experience in local government, and someone who is a real 'people person'.

"As part of the selection process, staff also put forward a series of challenging questions that formed the basis for our final face-to-face interviews with candidates.

"The full Councillor team were also an integral part of this recruitment process and interviewed all our short-listed candidates before unanimously recommending Sharon for the role."

Mayor Smith said the new CEO will bring extensive experience to the City of Logan from her work in executive positions across South Australia and Victoria.

"Sharon joins us with a strong background in Local Government, having served as the CEO of Glenelg Shire Council in Victoria for four years, as well as holding other senior local government roles," Mayor Smith said.

"Most recently she has worked with the Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission in Victoria, and earlier worked in business consultancy, and as a lawyer and barrister, as well as serving in the South Australian police force.

"Sharon achieved a great deal for her former Council area including planning and development reform, community building, investment attraction and growth.

"She also led her community through some very difficult times including recovery following serious bushfires and environmental disasters."

Hundreds of Council staff attended special sessions at the Logan Entertainment Centre this morning to meet and hear from the new CEO.

Ms Kelsey said she was encouraged by the enthusiasm of the staff and excited about the move to Queensland and getting starting in the new role.

"It was tremendous to have the opportunity to meet and speak with so many staff this morning," said Ms Kelsey.

"I am really excited about the Mayor and Councillors' vision for the City of Logan and I can't wait to get started in this role.

"Importantly, I am also focused on building a positive organisational culture and working with the Logan community."

Mayor Luke Smith said this new appointment will allow Council to confidently move forward in delivering the new 2017-2022 Corporate Plan endorsed this week.

"The Councillor team and I are very excited about this new appointment and are looking forward to this new season as Sharon joins us to lead the delivery of our city's vision and strategic direction."

Mayor Smith also paid tribute to Acting CEO, Todd Rohl.

"I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Acting CEO, Todd Rohl, for his steadying leadership of our organisation over the past three months," said Mayor Smith.

"I know he has relished this opportunity and is looking forward to continuing to grow and strengthen Logan in establishing Council's investment arm, Invest Logan."

Sharon Kelsey will commence in her new role at Logan City Council on 27 June 2017.