New CEO for Council

David Keenan. Image supplied.
David Keenan. Image supplied.

David Keenan is the newly appointed Scenic Rim Regional Council CEO and will start on 28 November.

He has been CEO at Mitchell Shire Council, Hume City Council (acting), Tweed Shire Council, Southern Downs Regional Council and, most recently, Mount Isa City Council.

In a statement announcing his appointment, Council detailed Mr Keenan’s achievements.

“In his role at Mount Isa David was involved in facilitating over $3 billion of investment in renewable energy, as well as working closely with the mining and agriculture sectors,” it read.

“In his career David has managed every aspect of economic development, from planning large scale industrial estates to building business incubators/accelerators to accommodate small and micro businesses, as well as working with the peak bodies that represent the agribusiness sector.”

Mr Keenan said he was excited about the opportunities in the Scenic Rim.

“I am looking forward to working with the Council team to ensure a sustainable future for the region as it increasingly realises its social and economic potential,” he said.

“Throughout my career I have been committed to delivering organisational success and creating sustainable economic, cultural and environmental outcomes for communities by bringing out the best in those around me and focusing on effective communication with the community.

“I am committed to driving improved performance through the organisational values of integrity, teamwork, respect and customer service that are already embraced by Scenic Rim Regional Council.”

Mayor Greg Christensen said Council was excited to welcome Mr Keenan.

“David is a well-respected and experienced administrator who has proven success in driving prosperity across many councils,” he said.

“We believe that David will deliver positive results for Council, our workforce, and most importantly, our community.”

It follows a saga over previous Council CEO, Jon Gibbons, who finished up after his final Council meeting on 17 August following a Council decision not to renew his contract.

The decision was first made in November 2021, when Councillors voted four votes to three not to renew Mr Gibbons’ contract after a special meeting on 14 September 2021. Mr Gibbons, also an experienced local government CEO, was appointed in February 2018.

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