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Leonie is Bourke’s new General Manager

Leonie Brown. Photo Noel Fisher

Mayor Hollman has high praise for new GM

After working her way up through the ranks at Bourke Shire Council, local woman, Leonie Brown has been appointed as the new general manager.

The announcement was made by Bourke Mayor, Barry Hollman on Monday morning at an ordinary meeting of council, following an extensive recruitment campaign.

Councillor Hollman had high praise for Mrs Brown and said her local knowledge and long experience with council made her the standout candidate for the job.

The process to secure a general manager didn’t allow for an internal promotion, so although Leonie had experience as Acting General Manager and has served as Manager of Corporate Services, council still had to go to the open market for applicants.

Bourke Mayor, Barry Hollman said that council had called for applications two months ago and had three applicants who weren’t satisfactory, then went back to the market and had another nine apply, interviewed four, and that then came down to two.

“The whole of council then interviewed both, and the decision was in favour of Leonie,” Councillor Hollman said.

“I congratulate Leonie on obtaining the role and I look forward to working with her for the betterment of the Bourke Shire.

“She has been with Bourke Council for 20 years and when she first started as Manager of Corporate Affairs, we had about $50,000 in the bank and there were fears we could lose staff.

“We now have $10 million in our reserve, so that’s what she’s done for this town and this community.

“I am excited about her future as our GM; she knows the town, she knows the conflicts and how to deal with them,” Mayor Hollman said.

After the appointment, Mrs Brown told The Western Herald that she was excited about the times ahead.

“This is something I aspired to, I have come up through the ranks at council, and now it has become a reality,’ she said.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity, I have worked in the community for a long time, and I see there are still improvements to be made.

“I have had some great mentors along the way – five general managers and I have learnt different things from each of those GMs and some great councilors as well.

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