John Hausler was appointed acting chief executive of Macedon Ranges Shire Council last week.

MACEDON Ranges Shire Council has appointed director of corporate and community John Hausler as its acting chief executive after Margot Stork’s resignation.

Mr Hausler has been a director at council since 2017 and has a record of success in leading corporate and community services.

Prior to joining council, Mr Hausler served in South Australia in the same role with the District Council of Loxton Waikerie.

Mr Hausler said he would focus on leading council through the ongoing challenges of COVID-19.

“As acting chief executive officer, I will be focused on leading the organisation through the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, continuing to embed the recent organisational restructure, and helping the organisation to prepare for the upcoming council elections and new incoming council,” he said.

“As per the council resolution, I began as acting chief executive officer after council’s resolution was passed, at which time Ms Stork concluded her employment with council.

“Arrangements regarding my substantive role while I am acting chief executive officer are still being determined.

“Like other members of executive, I have prior experience acting in the [chief executive] role and have done so previously when the [chief executive] has been on leave.”

The meeting of Mr Hausler’s appointment was livestreamed last week, where councillors thanked Ms Stork for her work in council and wished her the best in her future endeavours.

The council announced the resignation of Ms Stork on August 31. No reason was given for her resignation.