AS NARRANDERA continues to struggle under the weight of a crime wave and businesses shutting up shop, the town’s new general manager will hope to address the issues.
George Cowan has been appointed as the new general manager of Narrandera Shire Council after a long hunt to fill the position.
The town’s mayor, councillor Neville Kschenka, made the announcement this week.
"Council was very impressed with the quality of candidates for this recruitment round for the role of general manager,” Cr Kschenka said.
"Even within the strong field, Mr Cowan stood out by bringing significant experience and proven leadership to the role."
Mr Cowan is the former general manager at Lachlan Shire Council and, more recently, was the interim general manager at Uralla Shire and Walgett Shire.
His credentials include a Masters of Environmental and Local Government Law, a Graduate Diploma in Local Government Management and a Local Government Clerk Certificate.
With many big issues currently facing Narrandera shire, including the recent spike in crime, the closure of a number of businesses and the ongoing “fit for the future” process, Mr Cowan has plenty of hard work ahead of him.
Mr Cowan also has skills in the economic development, community engagement, business management and staff management areas.
“Narrandera has great potential to capitalise on its location on the river and the junction of the two major highways,” Mr Cowan said.
“(My wife) Shirley and I are looking forward to becoming part of the Narrandera shire community.”
Mr Cowan will start in the role on August 29 following his relocation to the shire.
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