Ipswich City Council to recruit new CEO

Ipswich City Council will soon start the recruitment process for a new chief executive officer.

Current CEO Sean Madigan, who has been in the position during both pre- and post-administration phase, is returning to his previous role as chief operating officer of the council’s Health, Security and Regulatory Services Department.

Interim Administrator Greg Chemello said Mr Madigan had reformed the way compliance officers connected with the community.

“Sean is a former police officer, and he’s been able to inject a high degree of integrity into the way our compliance officers protect the city and keep Ipswich safe,” Mr Chemello said.

“This applies to all levels of compliance, whether they be parking attendants, building compliance officers or the city’s security team.

“He’s also done remarkable work towards culture change within an organisation that has been victim to bullies and varying degrees of harassment. As a respected member of the council’s leadership team, this is no doubt work he’ll continue.”

Mr Chemello said the search for a new CEO presented an opportunity for some of the country’s most respected and experienced leaders to throw their hat in the ring.

“For someone with vast public, and hopefully private sector experience, this is a once-in-a-lifetime role – to lead a fundamental reform agenda under Interim Administration,” Mr Chemello said.

“The CEO will lead the transition of Ipswich City Council, to again be a leading local government; driving the Ipswich economy, promoting jobs growth, leading sustainability, boosting learning, marketing a hidden tourism gem, and managing development of one of Australia’s fastest growing regions into the next decade.”

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