25 March, 2021
Isaac Regional Council appoints new CEO
JEFF Stewart-Harris has been as the new Chief Executive Officer for the Isaac Regional Council following a nation-wide hunt to succeed Gary Stevenson PSM.
Mr Stewart-Harris was among a competitive field of 23 applicants for the top job to lead the Isaac region into the challenging COVID-19 economic recovery phase.
Mayor Anne Baker made the announcement during the March Ordinary Meeting yesterday in front of Councillors and members of the executive leadership team
“I am very pleased to announce that Council unanimously appointed Mr Stewart-Harris to this extremely important leadership role,” Mayor Baker said.
“Mr Stewart-Harris has worked with Council since January 2017 where he has competently performed the role of Director Planning, Environment and Community Services.
“During the interview process which included fellow Councillors and I, Jeff presented a creative, energetic and sustainable vision for the Isaac region’s future and the role Council will play in it.
“We were extremely impressed and without a doubt that he was the best candidate to lead us into the next chapter of our Isaac story. Jeff is a genuine manifestation of the Isaac region’s Pure People Power mantra and our vision statement – Helping to Energise the World – and importantly our core values.
“He has strategically and tactically impacted the organisations and the communities he has served in so many ways with care, wisdom, inclusion and extraordinary skill.”
Mr Stewart-Harris’ resume includes the following:
- Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive Officer – North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (7 years)
- Chief Executive Officer – Mackay Port Authority (2 years)
- Deputy Chief Executive Officer – Maroochy Shire Council (3 years)
- Deputy Chief Executive Officer – AquaGen Water and Renewable Energy (3 years)
- Chief Executive Officer – Mackay City Council (4 years)
- Chief Executive Officer – Pittsworth Shire Council (5 years)
This intensive recruitment process was part of an orderly transition plan initiated after current CEO Mr Stevenson advised Council early last year, he planned to step down by mid-2021.