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Logan City Council appoints new CEO

Published: 18 July 2016

Logan City Council appoints new CEO

Logan City Council today appointed a new Chief Executive Officer, Mr Andrew Milner.

The appointment comes after an extensive nationwide recruitment process to attract an executive with a new and innovative style of leadership for Logan City Council.

City of Logan Mayor Luke Smith, said while the quality of candidates was outstanding, Mr Milner was a clear choice for the position.

“Andrew comes to this role with a tremendous depth of experience in management, leadership and innovation,” Mayor Smith said.

“His extensive experience, leading innovation and change across a broad range of industries, both commercial and government, will bring a fresh approach to Council.”

Mayor Smith said Councillors at Logan were looking for a CEO who could lead Logan City Council through the next era of change and growth.

“As a city and a new Council team, we’re moving in an entirely new direction, one that is motivated through innovation and inspiration,” Mayor Smith said.

“We also know that to go in a different direction, you need a different style of leadership.

“We have spent the past eight years since amalgamation bringing three cities together as one, and now we are ready to forge a new and exciting future for our city’s businesses and residents.”

Mayor Smith said the new CEO would play a critical role in ensuring the organisation mobilises to deliver on the Council team’s new vision.

“We have a vision to see the City of Logan become the economic powerhouse and second CBD for South-East Queensland.

“It’s a big vision, and it requires a leader who can inspire our workforce of almost 2,000 staff to help deliver this for the people of Logan.

“As a Councillor team, we are responsible for setting the vision and strategic direction, however, it is ultimately the organisation under the leadership of the CEO that is responsible for the delivery of this vision.”

Mr Milner has extensive senior management experience in some of Australia’s largest mining organisations where he was responsible for introducing innovative practices from across the globe into mining operations.

He has led work teams of many industry backgrounds both in Australia and overseas and has an impressive background in the Defence Force as an engineer working to rebuild East Timor.

He joins a Council that is responsible for the third largest local government budget in Australia and a city that is home to almost 310,000 people and more than 20,000 businesses.

Mayor Smith paid tribute to Acting CEO, Mr John Oberhardt, for his important work leading the organisation over the past three months.

“I would like to sincerely thank John Oberhardt for stepping up and steadily guiding our Council organisation through this transition,” Mayor Smith said.

“His depth of experience and knowledge of our organisation was integral in keeping the wheels turning while also helping to build a strong and unified new Councillor team.”

Mr Milner said he was looking forward to the challenge of leading an organisation with the brief of encouraging economic development, increasing the sense of community and improving services through innovation and inspiration.

“I am looking forward to leading Logan City Council on its journey to establish itself as an economic powerhouse and the next CBD for South East Queensland,”

“This is an exciting time to join such a progressive Council, which has a clear vision for the future of Logan.”

Mr Milner will start work as CEO of Logan City Council on Monday 15 August 2016.