CEO on move

By Belinda Nolan
MELTON Shire Council’s CEO Neville Smith has resigned his post to take up the CEO position at Moonee Valley Council.
Mr Smith announced his resignation on Thursday and will begin his new role at Moonee Valley on 15 November.
Mr Smith had worked at Melton Shire Council for 10 years, eight as a CEO.
A professional engineer, Mr Smith also holds a Diploma of Management and Municipal Engineering, a Graduate Certificate in Water Engineering and a Graduate Diploma in Building Surveying.
He previously served as a general manager for the Macedon Ranges Council.
Melton mayor Justin Mammarella congratulated Mr Smith and wished him luck in his new role.
Cr Mammarella said Mr Smith had made significant contributions to the municipality and would be sorely missed.
“Neville steered the organisation through years of unprecedented growth,” Cr Mammarella said.
“The population more than doubled during his years as CEO and he led his staff in delivering services and infrastructure to our fast growing community.”
Moonee Valley mayor Shirley Cornish said her council was looking forward to the expertise and experience Mr Smith would bring.
Cr Mammarella said Melton would act swiftly to appoint an acting CEO.
“Then we will look ahead to the recruitment process for a new CEO,” he said.
“This process will be very important as we must appoint a CEO who understands the challenge a very fast growing community brings and have the necessary experience and skills for such.”
Mr Smith’s last day at Melton will be on 12 November.

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