THE Mayor, Cr David West has announced Adrian Panuccio has been appointed as the new General Manager of MidCoast Council.
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The appointment follows a comprehensive recruitment process, which saw three shortlisted candidates interviewed by Councillors at an extraordinary meeting on Monday, Cr West explained.
Mr Panuccio has significant local government experience and is coming to the MidCoast region from Sydney, where he has most recently held the position of Chief Operating Officer at North Sydney Council.
“I am looking forward to building upon the great work already undertaken by Council, and the opportunity to deliver on the community’s expectations for the MidCoast region. I am honoured to have been chosen to lead the Council during this next exciting phase,” Mr Panuccio said.
The Mayor said he was looking forward to working with Mr Panuccio, who will start in the role on Monday 9 July, to continue on the work already undertaken by staff of MidCoast Council.
“I am confident Adrian will make a significant contribution to the organisation as he brings a range of skills and experience that will be a significant advantage for the MidCoast community,” Cr West said.
Mr Panuccio holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of New England, and a Bachelor of Law from the University of Technology, Sydney.
He has provided both legal and strategic advice within the local government sector since 1999, and as Chief Operating Officer at North Sydney Council has managed a team of professionals that specialise in the areas of procurement, contract management, risk, legal services, and Work Health and Safety.
In making the announcement, the Mayor paid tribute to Steve Embry, who has been the Acting General Manager since January.
“I would like to congratulate Acting General Manager Steve Embry and fellow Directors for their hard work and dedication to ensure we have been able to deliver the best service possible to our community during this transition.”
In accepting the role, Mr Panuccio said he was looking forward to working with the staff and Council of MidCoast to deliver for the community.
“I believe in the benefits of an effective community engagement strategy to plan and deliver the desired services, facilities and outcomes for the MidCoast community. I appreciate and enjoy the role that local government can play in bringing the community together.”
Mr Panuccio said he is looking forward to relocating to the area, and plans to spend lots of his free time exploring the region and getting to know the community.
“Outside of work I am a keen golfer, social tennis player and restorer of old cars. My current project is a 1977 Holden Statesman – you may hear it around the area” he explained.