Mayor of The Hills Shire, Clr Yvonne Keane, has announced the appointment of Acting General Manager, Michael Edgar, to the position of General Manager of The Hills Shire Council.
Formerly Council’s Group Manager for Strategic Planning, Mr Edgar brings over 20 years’ experience in local government, with the last 12 years at The Hills, and takes up the role of General Manager from 14 July 2017.
Mayor Keane said Mr Edgar was a stellar applicant with significant capabilities in strategic leadership including planning for future growth, the delivery of capital works, asset management and communications.
“While The Hills Shire Council is one of the strongest in New South Wales, we must continue to innovate and improve to meet the challenges of the future, and we believe Michael will be a ground-breaking, focused and forward-thinking General Manager,” Mayor Keane said.
“His extensive knowledge of The Hills Shire Plan, our community’s strategic direction, and understanding of the challenges our Shire will face in accommodating significant growth means The Hills will be in good hands for the future,” she said.
“The decisions we make now as Councillors will set our community up for the next decade and beyond. We welcome Michael to the role and Councillors are looking forward to continuing to work with him in his new capacity.”
Mr Edgar said he is excited by the role and confident to lead a team that can achieve customer-focused and financially responsible delivery of Council’s services and vision for the future.
“During my time as a senior executive at The Hills Shire Council, I have established strong collaborative relationships with Councillors, our community and staff based on trust, consistency and openness,” Mr Edgar said.
“I believe that great leadership is about the ability to demonstrate empathy, nurture constructive relationships, understand strategically where we are headed and act with clarity about the impacts of our decisions on the individual, the community and the region,” he said.
“The Hills Shire by any measure is a high performing Council and when assessed against any benchmark, stacks up amongst the best,” he said.
“I understand that our services must be delivered with integrity and always with our residents and customers at the centre, and I look forward to the opportunities and challenges that lay ahead.”