David Keenan has been announced as the new Southern Downs Regional Council chief executive officer.
David Keenan has been announced as the new Southern Downs Regional Council chief executive officer. John Gass

Keenan finally lands a new job

SACKED Tweed Shire Council general manager David Keenan has been announced as the new Southern Downs Regional Council chief executive officer.

Southern Downs Mayor Peter Blundell said Mr Keenan would begin in the role on January 28 which is based in Queensland's granite belt.

In the official announcement made today there was no mention of Mr Keenan's sacking on March 21, 2013 just 10 months into his Tweed contract after he got caught in the middle of a dispute between developers Leda and the council.

Mr Keenan was dramatically axed by then mayor Barry Longland with the support of Crs Gary Bagnall, Katie Milne and Michael Armstrong.

It is understood that Mr Keenan struggled to find a new position due to the notoriety his sacking caused.

"Mr Keenan brings a great deal of experience to Southern Downs Regional Council, having worked most recently as General Manager for the Australian Forest Contractors Association, and as CEO for Mitchell and Tweed Shire Councils," Mr Blundell said.

"With 20 years experience in local government, David has key achievements in economic development, strategic planning and project delivery.

"Mr Keenan comes to us with a great deal of enthusiasm and passion for the role. He believes that local government is the key for delivery of services to people.

"The CEO position is key to ensuring that services meet community expectation and ensure that local communities can thrive and grow into the future.

In accepting the role, Mr Keenan said: "I am really excited about the opportunity to work with the mayor, councillors, staff and community of the Southern Downs area".

"I look forward to working collaboratively with the mayor and councillors to achieve the aspirations of the council and engaging with staff across the organisation," Mr Keenan said.

"My family and I are keen to be actively involved with the community and I personally am keen to connect with the different groups and individuals that are working to make the Southern Downs area a great place to live, work, visit and recreate."

Mr Keenan said in his first three months he hoped "to meet with as many of these groups and individuals as possible".

"I hope that my skills and experience gained from working in regional areas will add value to council, staff and the community," he said.

"In all of my past roles I have always had a focus on supporting sustainable development and effective genuine consultation with the community on difficult issues.

"Again, I look forward to working on behalf of the Southern Downs Regional Council to deliver quality services and outcomes to the community, as well as being a member of the community."
 



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