Bass Coast,

Retirement Date Set For CEO

Bass Coast Shire Council CEO, Allan Bawden, attended his final Council meeting last Wednesday night and will officially retire from his position on 14 February 2014.

Shire Mayor, Cr Neil Rankine, at the meeting acknowledged the retiring CEO and said that by the time Mr Bawden retires in February, he will have served 19 years in the role.

“I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge his enormous contribution to Bass Coast Shire,” Cr Rankine said.

“Having the same CEO for so long is quite rare for any organisation and has provided Council with great stability.

“Personally, and I know my fellow Councillors feel the same way, I am grateful to him for extending his contract so that he could provide stability and guidance to the new Council that came in last year.

Cr Rankine also formally thanked Allan for his “great contribution” to Council.

“We are a better Council for having had him lead the organisation all these years,” Cr Rankine said.

Council’s new CEO, Paul Buckley, will commence in the CEO role on 17 February 2014.