Anthony Basford has resigned from his position as Chief Executive Officer of East Gippsland Shire Council to take up a new role with City of Greater Geelong Council.
Mr Basford (pictured), who was only reappointed CEO in May last year for a five-year term, is moving to Greater Geelong council as its new Executive Director City Life.
East Gippsland Mayor, Tom Crook said while it was disappointing to receive the CEO’s resignation, Council and East Gippsland were well placed to forge ahead.
“Anthony has led the organisation exceptionally well, including during some very difficult circumstances. He has provided stability and leadership and nurtured a great depth of experience across the organisation that will continue to serve us well,” Mayor Crook said.
“His leadership through the bushfires, pandemic and other natural disasters is a testament to his dedication to East Gippsland during his five-year tenure.
“On behalf of the Councillors and the Mayors who have worked with Anthony over the past two terms of Council I wish him every success in the next opportunity.”
Mr Basford said it had been and “absolute pleasure and honour” to be the CEO of East Gippsland Shire Council for the last five years, guiding the organisation through some of the toughest times.
“The communities of East Gippsland are strong and resilient, and I believe the work my team and I have done over the last five years to support them will make a lasting difference,” Mr Basford said.
“This organisation continues to put community front and centre. I have witnessed, time and time again our staff’s commitment to supporting communities thrive through the delivery of amazing services, projects and initiatives.
“I have been fortunate to have worked with two Councillor groups who care about the community and East Gippsland, and to have worked with Mayors who are passionate about East Gippsland and supported me in my role as CEO.”