Murray Wood has been appointed permanent CEO of Dubbo Regional Council (DRC), a role he has acted in since June this year.
The selection panel for the CEO recruitment process was made up of the Mayor Stephen Lawrence, Deputy Mayor Anne Jones, Councillor Jane Diffey, and an independent third-party appointed by Local Government NSW.
Councillors held an Extraordinary Council meeting on Tuesday 28 September to deliberate over the final two applicants, and unanimously voted to offer the position to Mr Wood after a lengthy discussion.
“As mayor I would like to congratulate Mr Woods on his appointment and reiterate the confidence that councillors and the community have in his ability to lead the organisation,” said Mayor Lawrence.
“He is the ethical and kind leader that council needs at this moment and into the future. His wealth of experience will provide a level-headed and expert approach to the management of Council services and the conducting of the important relationship with the elected body.
“The community can be confident that Mr Wood will act in the best interests of residents.”
Mr Wood says he’s looking forward to moving into a new era with DRC, acknowledging the turmoil Council has been through in 2021.
“The community, and indeed our staff, have been so patient this year, as we have gone through many changes in leadership and been under an incredible amount of scrutiny,” he said.
“However, I’m confident that we have now turned a corner, and I feel very honoured to be able to lead DRC into this new chapter.”