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Council appoints new general manager

THE Derwent Valley Council has tonight appointed a new general manager but has not said who it is. Mayor Michelle Dracoulis said the long-vacant position had been filled but no further comment would be made at this time.

Former Brighton Council general manager Ron Sanderson has been the Derwent Valley Council’s acting general manager since March last year and was a candidate for the permanent position. The top job became vacant in late March when it was announced that the council and former general manager Dean Griggs were parting ways.

The council appointed Mr Sanderson as the acting general manager and the recruitment process for the permanent position was delayed by the local government reform process which was initially expected to result in council mergers. With forced amalgamations now off the table, the council proceeded to seek candidates for the position of general manager.

A shortlist of potential general managers was discussed in a closed council meeting on January 18 but no decision was reached. The matter returned to another closed council meeting tonight (January 30), after which Cr Dracoulis said a general manager had been appointed but no further announcement would be made until contracts had been signed.

Mr Sanderson joined the council in July 2022 as its executive manager for infrastructure. He was chief executive at the neighbouring Brighton Council for 15 years. He confirmed to New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News that he had “put up his hand” to continue the work he has been doing for the past 10 months as acting general manager.

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