Terry Dodds of Tura Beach in NSW has been announced as the new chief executive for Tenterfield Shire council after councillors unanimously endorsed his appointment on Tuesday, September 5 at an Extraordinary Meeting called to conduct final interviews for the role.
Tenterfield mayor Peter Petty said Mr Dodds was chosen after a search of candidates from across Australia and overseas, and following a very competitive selection process from a high-calibre field of 23 experienced candidates.
“Terry highly impressed all councillors with his collaborative leadership style, his passion for local government and serving communities, and his obvious project and asset management experience,” Cr Petty said.
“We interviewed eight highly-credentialed candidates even one from Canada, an Australian working there as a city manager. Overall, Terry demonstrated he has the experience, qualifications and desire to do an outstanding job.
“With Terry’s leadership and the hard-working staff of the council, Tenterfield is in very good hands.”
Mr Petty said councillors was very impressed with Mr Dodds’ understanding of small rural councils, his vision for the future, and his proven experience and achievements. He has a Diploma in Project Management (High Distinction) from the University of New England, an Advanced Diploma Engineering (Civil) from NSW TAFE, an Advanced Certificate in Personnel Management from NSW TAFE, and is a Certified Process Professional (Six Sigma) from IQPC Australia.
Mr Dodds is currently the Director of Transport and Utilities at Bega Valley Shire Council on the south coast of NSW. He has been a local government infrastructure director at Merriwa, Port Hedland, Wagga Wagga and Ryde Councils, and served as Chief Executive Officer at the Isaac Regional Council in Queensland.
“It is an honour to have been selected to lead this very impressive organisation and to be part of this vibrant community,” Mr Dodds said.
“I am thankful for the warm welcome I have received from the mayor and councillors and I look forward to meeting the staff and community of Tenterfield. I am very excited about what the future will bring in working together in the interests of the Tenterfield community”.
Terry has 27 years experience in local government and eight years in private enterprise. He will commence his new role in October.