Troy Green happy to tackle GM challenge
TROY Green says he has embraced his job as Tweed Shire Council's new general manager, despite his previous hesitancy to take on the position.
On Monday, the council announced Mr Green had been selected as its new permanent GM to replace David Keenan, who was sacked by a majority of councillors in March.
Mr Green, who was chosen from 40 applicants, has been the council's acting general manager for the past nine months.
He did not apply during the first unsuccessful attempt to replace Mr Keenan.
He told people he feared the role would take too much time away from his young family.
But this week Mr Green said he had experienced a change of heart after seeing good outcomes, including the implementation of effective policies.
Mr Green said he was humbled and honoured to be offered the permanent position.
"I have no illusions about the enormity of this responsibility," he said.
"At the end of the day, I'm a public servant.
"That's a mentality I try to instil in council."
Mr Green said he had become entrenched in the community, which would help him be a good general manager.
He said one of his main goals would be to empower staff to make decisions.
"The seven councillors represent the diversity of the community; they approach things with different angles," he said.
Mr Green said his biggest challenge so far had been encouraging council to look to the future.
"We are a sound council, but a lot of our best years are still ahead," he said.
In his time as acting GM, he said he had built close relationships with the local chambers of commerce.
"I've got great respect for our business community," he said.
"They're the ones who create the jobs and stimulate the economy.
"Without employment, everything else falls apart."
Mayor Barry Longland said Mr Green had been an effective member of the executive management team.
Cr Longland said Mr Green's experience in senior management from his former positions at Liverpool and Marrickville councils would be an asset to the council.
"I'm delighted council resolved to appoint Troy to the position, after an exhaustive selection process involving candidates from throughout Australia and overseas," Mr Longland said.
Mr Green has worked at the council since 2007, as the director of technology and corporate services.