Senior council jobs up for grabs

TWO out of three senior positions at the George Town Council are vacant after the resignation of acting general manager Dino De Paoli yesterday.

Mr De Paoli will move to the Meander Valley Council as its infrastructure services director in late August following three years in a similar position with the George Town Council.

He was acting general manager for seven months at the George Town Council following the resignation of former general manager Stephen Brown.

Applications have been open for the position of general manager since May, but the role has not yet been announced.

It is understood someone has undergone a medical for the position.

Mr De Paoli was commended by George Town Mayor Roger Broomhall in a statement yesterday.

"During his time on council he has been instrumental in the management of many infrastructure projects throughout the municipality," Cr Broomhall said.

George Town Residents and Ratepayers Association president John Austin said the loss was not totally unexpected.

Mr De Paoli filled the general manager role following months of community angst and council investigation into alleged actions by Mr Brown.

"Basically, Dino was a very decent guy put in a very awkward position," Mr Austin said.

Mr Austin had previously called on the council to refrain from appointing a new general manager until after October's local government elections.

Meander Valley Council general manager Greg Preece said Mr De Paoli had been selected unanimously from a selection of 35 applicants.

"He has a broad range of skills . . . a very friendly nature and good communication skills."

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