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Meet the new CEO


LINCOLN Fitzgerald will start a five-year appointment as Loddon Shire chief executive officer in November.

His appointment was made by councillors at a special meeting on Tuesday morning.

Mr Fitzgerald has been manager active and healthy lifestyles at the City of Greater Bendigo since 2017 and was previously co-ordinator active communities from 2010.

Mayor Neil Beattie said: ““Council looks forward to working with Lincoln, particularly as we prepare to embark on our new council plan which guides council’s priorities over the next four years.

Mr Fitzgerald said: “Lincoln said he was delighted by the appointment and was looking forward to working with councillors, staff and the community.

“There are many fantastic opportunities in Loddon Shire, including its rewarding lifestyle, amazing natural tourism and, of course, close-knit communities,” he said.

“Obviously, there are also challenges, including the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses and the community, and continued efforts to try and mitigate these impacts.

“I look forward to working with the councillors, staff, and communities right across the Loddon Shire to build upon their strengths, address these challenges, and make a positive difference to the community.”

Mr Fitzgerald began his career in local government with the Castlemaine-based Mount Alexander Shire as recreational services co-ordinator from 2001 to 2010 before moving to City of Greater Bendigo.

He succeeds Phil Pinyon who retired in July at the end of his five-term contract and after more than 50 years in local government.

Cr Beattie thanked Acting CEO Jude Holt for her work in the role while the recruitment process for a new CEO was underway.

Ms Holt will be finishing in her role on October 31. “I would like to take this opportunity thank Ms Holt for her work with Council as acting CEO, including her highly effective leadership during these past months,” he said.

Mr Fitzgerald had been short-listed for the CEO position following a process by a local government recruitment specialist.

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