URALLA Shire Council general manager Tom O’Connor will give way to his successor, Damien Connor, next month.
The retiring general manager has served as the shire’s chief executive for seven years but is stepping down to make way for the Clarence Valley Council manager.
Mr Connor was selected ahead of 25 other applicants.
He has been the Grafton-based council’s executive manager for organisational performance and governance.
Uralla mayor Michael Pearce said Mr Connor comes with glowing recommendations and lots of experience.
“It is great to have a young stayer come into the position,” Cr Pearce said.
“Damien is in his mid-30s and is married with two young kids – he will be making the Uralla community his home and bringing his family here to live, which is great news for us.
“While we will sadly miss Tom and the experience he brought to the role, it is great to have someone young at the helm.
“We as a council can look forward to the future.”
Cr Pearce said the applications process and the result was great for a small- to medium-sized rural council like Uralla.
“Applications came from all around, with someone applying from Western Australia, one from the Northern Territory, Tasmania and even one from New Zealand,” he said.
“We narrowed that down to six applicants to be interviewed and the selection panel believed Damien showed the qualities they were looking for.”