A special meeting of Ipswich City Council today resolved to appoint a new Chief Executive Officer.

This followed a nationwide recruitment search for eligible candidates conducted by McArthur Management Services.

Ipswich Mayor Andrew Antoniolli said council’s Chief Operating Officer of Health, Security and Regulatory Services was selected as the most meritorious candidate.

“The recruitment process began in February and on behalf of all councillors I’m very pleased to welcome Sean Madigan as Ipswich City Council’s new CEO,” Cr Antoniolli said.

“Sean is a relative newcomer to the organisation having joined in August 2015.

“Since that time he has assumed a pivotal leadership role in implementing important organisational culture change under council’s Line of Sight program aimed at emphasising the commitment of all employees to delivering great service to the Ipswich community.

“Prior to joining council Sean held senior roles with the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and led multi-agency investigations to coordinate whole of government responses to those issues.

“His earlier career included 10 years with Queensland Police Service rising to Senior Detective within the organised crime unit. Sean’s personal integrity is beyond reproach.”

Cr Antoniolli said he was impressed with the high calibre and number of applicants, and thanked councillors and the short listing selection panel, including Professor Geraldine Mackenzie, for their valuable input.

“I also want to acknowledge and thank Acting CEO Gary Kellar for his guidance in a critical transformational phase for council during which significant governance reforms, including improvements in transparency, have been initiated,” he said.

“It has been a challenging six months and we are very grateful to Mr Kellar for bringing his expertise and experience to the role during that time.”

Sean Madigan will officially take up the position of CEO before the end of May.

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