A LEADING local government Chief Executive Officer has been appointed to the top job at Douglas Shire Council.

Highly qualified executive, Ms Rachel Cooper, will start work at Council’s Mossman Administration Building on February 14 next year after accepting the position today.

With over 15 years’ experience as a CEO and Corporate Executive in both State and Local Government, Ms Cooper has been instrumental in leading complex organisations through change and achieving measurable results in growth and efficiency.

Ms Cooper is a proven strategic thinker and facilitator for change, with an impressive track record of building strong stakeholder relationships and high-performing teams.

She most recently held the CEO position at North Burnett Regional Council.

Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr said he was looking forward to working closely with such a highly respected leader.

“I was thrilled at the calibre of applicants that applied for the role of CEO and believe that we will be in incredibly good hands with the choice that Councillors have made,” he said.

“Rachel’s experience, qualifications and demeanour will be a perfect fit for what Douglas requires as we move into this next stage, and I look forward to working with her.”

“She is passionate about Local Government, believing it is the tier of government closest to the community, where real concerns can be heard and the ability to successfully deliver focused outcomes are made.”

Ms Cooper brings a wealth of experience and impressive qualifications in law, financial management, marketing, and business management.

“I am delighted to be collaborating with Mayor Kerr, Councillors and staff to continue to deliver positive outcomes for the Douglas community”, said Ms Cooper.

“My family and I are excited about moving to the Douglas Shire and exploring the beautiful areas within it.”