The search begins for a new CEO at Karoonda East Murray

25th August 2020

District Council of Karoonda East Murray Mayor Caroline Phillips has announced today that Council will shortly begin the search for an exceptional leader to take on the role of CEO in the key Mallee community.

The announcement comes after current CEO Matthew Morgan was appointed as CEO of the City of Port Lincoln.

"Matthew has been with us for nearly three years and during that time he has worked with Council to create a 20-year community vision, refocus our energy on economic development and has worked incredibly hard to balance Council's long-term financial sustainability against service and project delivery needs,” Mayor Phillips said.

"We've had tremendous success at delivering new and innovative projects, and securing significant amounts of external funding for projects and services under Matthew's leadership. I thank him for setting the strong groundwork and creating structures that will continue to help drive our Council and community forwards in the coming years. We are sad to see him go but wish him all the best at the City of Port Lincoln."

Mayor Phillips said that Karoonda East Murray was facing an exciting and vibrant future.

“It's a great opportunity for someone to step into the CEO role knowing that a lot of the long-term planning has been done and to continue to build on the good work that Council has been doing over the past few years,” she said.

Mr Morgan said his stint at Karoonda East Murray had been a highly rewarding one.

"It has been an absolute pleasure to work with the Council, the team and the community at Karoonda East Murray over the past few years,” Mr Morgan said.

“Although leaving is always bittersweet, I will always be grateful to have been part of the team that created a long term vision for the community and also delivered some amazing community projects such as the construction of the Karoonda Early Childhood Centre and the Karoonda 'Day and Night' silo art project.

"Karoonda East Murray will always have a special place in my heart and I thank Mayor Phillips, the Council and the amazing team of staff for making the past few years some of the best of my professional life."

Mr Morgan finishes with Council on Friday, 25 September.  The nationwide search for a new CEO will commence in the coming weeks, and Council anticipates they will commence in late 2020 or early 2021.

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Media contacts:

District Council of Karoonda East Murray CEO Matthew Morgan

P: (08) 8578 1004 | E: council@dckem.sa.gov.au