Gympie Regional Council CEO Shane Gray (Photo: LinkedIn)

July 2, 2020

Former Nanango Shire chief executive officer Shane Gray has been appointed the new CEO of Gympie Regional Council.

His appointment follows the sudden departure of former Gympie CEO Bernard Smith in April.

Mr Gray, who served as Director of Corporate and Financial Services and Deputy CEO at Murgon Shire Council from 2001-2004, took over as CEO of Nanango Shire Council from 2004 to 2007.

He was then appointed acting CEO of the South Burnett Regional Council in late 2007, tasked with the difficult job of guiding the merger of the former Nanango, Kingaroy, Wondai and Murgon councils into a new, amalgamated body.

Mr Gray left local government when former Whitsunday Shire Council CEO Tony Hayward was appointed as the SBRC’s first permanent CEO in June 2008.

For the past 12 years, Mr Gray has been a risk co-ordinator for the Australian branch of British-based multinational Jardine Lloyd Thompson and Local Government Mutual Services.

South Burnett residents would also remember Mr Gray as a sports enthusiast … he played soccer with Wests and cricket with the Wooroolin Warriors.

Mr Gray was also a strong supporter of the former Nanango Film Festival.

He will start work at the GRC on Monday.

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