Lucy Roffey began her tenure as the Central Goldfields Shire Council’s chief executive officer this week, citing community engagement and making the organisation “community centric” as top of her priority list.
Announced as the shire’s CEO in January, Ms Roffey’s appointment is the result of almost six months’ worth of work. Ms Roffey’s contract is for five years.
Replacing interim CEO Vince Haining who began at the shire in July, 2017, Ms Roffey brings financial, corporate and local government experience to the role and says she is looking forward to the “challenge” ahead.
“I’ve been in local government for around 10 years now, I have spent most of that time with the Mount Alexander Shire as their director of corporate services and I most recently spent a year at the Buloke Shire as CEO,” she said.
Having a background in corporate services is “well suited to the challenges” at the shire, Ms Roffey said.
“There are a lot of things that need to be implemented that I have probably seen before and that I’ve had experience in,” she said.
“I also really enjoy working towards cultural change. Working with people to re-motivate them and particularly changing the culture around making the organisation more customer and community centric.
“The number one priority for this organisation is to regain the trust of the community and that means engaging with them as much as we can on all the key decisions.
“Making sure that they are the first and foremost when we are doing anything.”
According to Ms Roffey, working with administrators will be an “interesting” experience, as not having an elected council is a “different governance structure and dynamic”.
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