Former North Burnett Regional Council CEO Rachel Cooper is heading north after being appointed the CEO of Douglas Shire Council.
Ms Cooper has more than 15 years’ experience as a CEO and Corporate Executive in both state and local government, with Douglas Shire Council saying in a statement she has been instrumental in leading complex organisations through change and achieving measurable results in growth and efficiency.
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.”
As well as her experience, Ms Cooper has qualifications in law, financial management, marketing, and business management.
Ms Cooper said she is delighted to be collaborating with Mayor Kerr, Councillors and staff to deliver positive outcomes for the Douglas community.
“My family and I are excited about moving to the Douglas Shire and exploring the beautiful areas within it,” she said.
Ms Cooper will commence work at Council’s Mossman Administration Building on 14 February 2022.