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Council set to appoint new CEO

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Friday, 13 October 2017 - 4:45pm
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Golden Plains Shire Council has chosen their new Chief Executive Officer, who is set to replace long-serving incumbent Rod Nicholls in the role.

The new CEO is Mr Eric Braslis, currently CEO of Gannawarra Shire, who has extensive experience in metropolitan, regional and rural local government bodies.

Mr Braslis’ previous roles include several at senior executive level at various metropolitan Melbourne Councils, the City of Ballarat and most recently as the CEO of the rural Gannawarra Shire.

Mayor Cr Des Phelan said that Mr Braslis stood out among a strong field of candidates.

“Council conducted a wide-ranging and rigorous search process which attracted many high-quality applicants,” said Cr Phelan.

“We’re delighted that Eric will join us to guide our Shire as it continues to grow from strength to strength.

“Eric Braslis has been chosen by Councillors because of his demonstrated track record of achievement, and proven ability across a wide variety of local government organisations and functions.

“Our Councillors were impressed by Eric’s passion for the work that local government does, and his vision to build on the strengths of the Golden Plains region.

 “As our Shire is similar to other Councils in offering over one hundred diverse services and programs for our ratepayers, our new CEO will be able to hit the ground running.

“Eric’s technical background is in planning and strategy, which is a great fit for a growing Shire such as ours.

“Our Council looks forward to welcoming Eric to Golden Plains Shire,” concluded Cr Phelan.

The CEO appointment was set to be ratified by a special meeting of Council late Friday. Mr Braslis is expected to commence in the role in mid-December.

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Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.