Council to seek new GM

By James Bennett

Murrumbidgee Council is seeking a new boss after long time general manager Craig Moffitt revealed he will be retiring when his contract finishes in October.

Mr Moffitt had served as Jerilderie Shire’s general manager for about 11 years before it was merged with Murrumbidgee Shire in 2016.

He has since overseen the operations of the merged council.

Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae said council will aim to have a new general manager in place before Mr Moffitt’s finishing date.

‘‘We are working with Local Government New South Wales (to find a new general manager). They have a professional stream that deals with recruitment so we’re choosing to go through them and advertising for the position started in June,’’ she said.

‘‘Local Government New South Wales will facilitate the recruitment and all inquires will go through them. They bring the final candidates to the council and then we vote on it.’’

Cr McRae said the councillors will miss Mr Moffitt and were saddened to hear his decision.

‘‘It’s Craig’s choice not to renew his contract and we are very much indebted to him for his work and service to the previous Jerilderie Shire and stepping up to the mark and walking us through the merger process.

‘‘It’s been challenging in the evolution of the new council and he’s done a really good job during that time.’’

When the new general manager takes over it will be just over 12 months since an elected Murrumbidgee Council was installed.

Cr McRae said the new general manager will need to be prepared to deal with the ongoing long term merger transition.

‘‘The transition period to the new council is still very much a working process,’’ she said.

‘‘They will need to bring a definitive level of energy and high level of enthusiasm and hopefully a level of change management and people management experience.

‘‘We hope they will have a level of experience that brings to the table a regional mindset because while we’re still very much a merged council we’re still a small council.

‘‘Being a small council in regional New South Wales comes with significant challenges.

‘‘You have to find yourself a position that is supported by a regional focus because that’s how things work these days; you can’t be in isolation.

‘‘The thing that will keep rural and remote viable and sustainable into the future is our ability to network as a collective.’’

All general manager applications must be submitted by July 16 with the first round of interviews conducted July 23 and the final round of interviews with council on July 30.

Mr Moffitt is currently on leave and was unable to be contacted.