Charlie Bird appointed CEO Alpine Shire Council

3 August 2017

Charlie Bird, CEO Alpine Shire Council

Alpine Shire Council’s new chief executive officer (CEO) Charlie Bird says he is honoured and excited to be taking on the leadership role.

Mr Bird officially started in the role of CEO on Wednesday after Councillors voted in favour of the appointment at a Council Meeting in Mount Beauty on Tuesday night.

“It’s an honour and a privilege to be given this opportunity and I’m excited to be taking on the role of CEO in a Shire that has such great communities to work with,” Mr Bird said.

Mr Bird, who had been Alpine Shire Council’s acting chief executive officer since May, has been promoted from his position of Director Assets in which he has overseen a number of successful capital works projects, including the Mafeking Square upgrade in Bright and the Mount Beauty Library upgrade.

“In recent years I have been fortunate to forge strong and respectful relationships with many community members and I’m looking forward to continuing to work with the people of Alpine Shire as well as our Councillors to deliver exceptional outcomes for our communities,” he said.

“I will be meeting with Councillors in the near future to confirm their direction for Council and the key performance measures for achieving their vision.”

Mayor Ron Janas said he and the Councillors were confident Mr Bird’s diverse experience would enable him to excel in the job. Mr Bird was one of 46 applicants reviewed by an independent recruitment company in consultation with Councillors.

“We were all in agreement that Charlie would be the best person to not only provide stability within Alpine Shire Council following a period of change, but to also continually drive improvements within our service delivery to keep us on our forward trajectory,” Cr Janas said.

Mr Bird, who joined Council’s senior management team in February 2015, brings with him vast experience in a range of sectors, including small business, environmental engineering and water management, and local government.

While in recent years his career has been focused on local government and capital works, he has previously managed his own consultancy business as well as a food retail partnership, worked as an Engineer for North East Water, been at the forefront of innovation growing the popular car-sharing business model in its infancy, and worked as a truck driver and farmer.

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