TENTERFIELD Shire Council has appointed a new general manager following the abrupt departure of former general manager Jim Gossage.
Council announced former Glen Innes Severn Council corporate and community services director Lotta Jackson would take up the appointment on April 16.
“I’m very excited about the new appointment,” Cr Smith said.
“I believe she will bring a lot of enthusiasm and energy to the position. She is used to challenges. She went to Glen Innes after the amalgamation and took over five positions and made them into one.
“She loves a challenge and knows there will be challenges in the job. She said she is looking forward to it.”
Ms Jackson said she was “really happy” about the appointment, and would be moving to Tenterfield soon.
“I’m really looking forward to working with Tenterfield Shire Council and the Tenterfield community,” she said.
“I feel very passionate about what I do.”
Ms Jackson said after working for Glen Innes Severn Council for close to six years, she was very familiar with the Tenterfield area.
“It’s not a new place for me,” she said. “It is a place I feel has really good vibes.”
Ms Jackson has a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Arts and a Master of Business Administration.
She has held other managerial positions at Woollahra, Kempsey, Singleton and at Parramatta City Council. Her main achievements in Glen Innes are listed on Glen Innes Severn Council’s website as: council’s social plan, the library learning centre marketing plan, aged and disability services 10-year strategy, community services strategic plan, IT strategic plan, records management strategic plan and council’s cultural plan.
Cr Smith said the position had been “keenly” contested.
“Lotta has considerable experience in NSW local government, and council looks forward to working with her as a team to meet our future challenges,” he said.
The position was advertised following the sudden resignation of Jim Gossage in January. Mr Gossage’s resignation was one in a string of management departures from council.