BREAKING: Council to ‘go to market’ for new Gold Coast CEO

Gold Coast Council has voted to start from scratch in the search for another new Chief Executive Officer.

Councillors met behind closed doors today following the shock resignation of David Edwards last week, just three weeks into the top job.

It was initially expected council would go back to the final contenders from the recruitment process earlier this year, but Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the “supermajority” decision was to “go to market” for the new contenders.


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“This is a fresh approach. Anyone can apply,’” Mayor Tom Tate said.

“Final nominations considered in the last application can re-apply.

“It may be that they only need to put in an expression-of-interest given they have previously applied but we will leave that with the recruitment company to determine.”

Mayor Tate said he expected the process will take several months, with a final decision expected around September.

As a result, Chief Operating Officer Joe McCabe will remain as acting CEO until after the 2021-22 budget is delivered in mid-June.

“I expect the process will take several months and as such, we will continue with Mr McCabe as acting CEO for this period,” Mayor Tate said.

Mr Edwards announced his surprise resignation from the role last Wednesday, citing health reasons.

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