Lismore City Council’s current Assets Manager Scott Turner has been appointed as Acting General Manager following the recent resignation of outgoing General Manager Gary Murphy.
Scott will take the reins on 4 June, with a two-week handover period before Gary formally steps down on 15 June.
‘Council chose Scott for this role due to a strong application and the need for stability moving forward and minimal disruption to the organisation while recruitment of the permanent General Manager takes place,’ Mayor Isaac Smith said.
‘I would like to congratulate Scott on his new role and wish him the very best. Council has every faith that Scott can lead and guide Lismore City Council during this time of transition.’
Mr Turner has been with Lismore City Council for 12 years and began his professional career as a Civil Engineer.
According to Lismore City Council, he has ‘spearheaded the development of asset management plans for all assets and infrastructure across the organisation, ensuring up-to-date data is available to inform Council decision-making’.
Mr Turner said he was ‘very humbled to be offered this opportunity by the Council and I am very much looking forward to tackling the role’.
‘There are clearly some significant challenges for this Council moving forward especially around budget. That will be a key area of focus for me,’ he said.
‘We can’t sit around and wait until the next budget process to try and solve our issues. We need to start addressing that now and we shouldn’t underestimate how big the challenges are,’ he added.
As well as thanking the council for this opportunity Mr Turner wished the outgoing GM ‘all the very best in his new role at Central Coast Council’.