Macedon Ranges Shire Council acting chief executive John Nevins.

MACEDON Ranges Shire Council appointed John Nevins as its acting chief executive at Wednesday night’s council meeting.

Mr Nevins will take on the role for six months while council works to appoint a new permanent chief executive.

Mr Nevins brings a wealth of experience to the role, having previously served as chief executive at the City of Kingston for 15 years and as director of city works and director of strategic management and support at the City of Boroondara prior to that.

Supported by the executive team, Mr Nevins’ focus will be on preparing for a new incoming council, leading the organisation through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, continuing to embed the recent organisational restructure, and engaging with the community.

Mr Nevins said he was looking forward to working together with council, incoming councillors and the community over the next six months while the new council worked to appoint a new chief executive.

“With its vibrant townships, beautiful landscapes and historic character, the shire is a unique place with so much to offer,” he said.

“I am excited to get started and work in partnership with the new council and staff to make the shire and even better place to live, work and visit.”

Mr Nevins takes over from director of corporate and community John Hausler who had been acting chief executive since September 16, following the resignation of Margot Stork.

At the meeting, council resolved to thank Mr Hausler for his professional and considered approach to the position.