Council appoints new CEO

SCOTT Waters has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer for the Whitsunday Regional Council.
SCOTT Waters has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer for the Whitsunday Regional Council.

SCOTT Waters has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer for the Whitsunday Regional Council.

At Wednesday's Council meeting, councillors unanimously voted in favour of the appointment.

This follows the shock resignation of John Finlay last week.

Mr Finlay has been the CEO for the past five years and was previously the CEO of Bowen Shire prior to amalgamation.

He resigned last week and left almost immediately saying he would be pursuing new pathways.

Mr Finlay lives in Bowen and confirmed he would remain in the area.

Whitsunday mayor Jennifer Whitney said Council has been highly impressed with Mr Waters' performance as Acting Chief Executive Officer.

Mr Waters joined Whitsunday Regional Council just over 12 months ago as the economic development manager for the Whitsunday Coast Airport.

"During his time with Council, Mr Waters has been highly active in the region's economic development and tourism industry, focused on Council's delivery to ensure growth and prosperity throughout the region," Cr Whitney said.

She welcomed his "leadership, enthusiasm and vision for the region".

"In his new role as Chief Executive Officer, he will be responsible for the final stages of the implementation of the efficiency and effectiveness review, leading the Council

through significant cultural change. Council currently faces a number of challenges, however the guiding principle for Council is enhanced service delivery and accountability to the region."

Mr Waters said he was honoured to take up the new position.

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