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CEO will not seek new contract

Knox City Council Chief Executive Officer Tony Doyle has advised Council that he will not seek a new contract when his current term expires in July.

In a statement to staff, Mr Doyle said he felt the organisation would be best served by a new CEO who was in a position to make a longer term commitment to the goals and aspirations of the new council.

“This was a difficult decision for me to reach, but I feel the time is right,” he said.

Mayor Cr Lisa Cooper thanked Mr Doyle for his service, saying that he was a well-regarded CEO who had led Council through an unprecedented period of change and challenge for Council.

“During Tony’s five year tenure Council has had a strong focus on technology investment and internal business transformation, while still pursuing a significant capital works program, including two substantial new Early Years hubs and the Knox Regional Sports Park, a project of national significance.”

“Achieving all of this within the context of the introduction of rate capping and more recently the COVID-19 pandemic is a testament to Tony’s capability as well as his passion for achieving community outcomes.”

Cr Cooper also commended the focus Mr Doyle had placed on gender equity.

“Tony has led important work on gender equity that has had a positive influence across the sector. He has also helped this work land on the ground with initiatives such as our modular change rooms program, which was pivotal to supporting female participation in sport.”

“Tony has also implemented a range of gender equity policies and practices within Council itself as well as being an active ally on LGBTIQ+ issues.”

Mr Doyle will remain in the role until the conclusion of his contract on 3 July 2021. Cr Cooper advised that Council would commence a recruitment process for the new Chief Executive Officer in coming weeks.

Issued: 19 March 2021

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