FORMER Murray River Council interim general manager Margot Stork has been appointed the top job at Macedon Ranges Shire Council.
Ms Stork is the new chief executive at the shire, which is more than four times the size of Murray River Council.
She resigned at the beginning of September to ‘‘take a short break before pursuing other professional opportunities’’.
This was more than a year after a formal public inquiry into Murray Shire revealed a dysfunctional council.
The shire was eventually suspended by the NSW Office of Local Government last year after in-fighting affected its ability to operate.
Murray and Wakool shires amalgamated in May, becoming Murray River Council, and Ms Stork was appointed its interim general manager.
Macedon Ranges Shire mayor Jennifer Anderson said the appointment follows an extensive recruitment process that yielded a highly competitive field of candidates.
"Ms Stork impressed us with her energy, enthusiasm, qualifications and experience,’’ she said.
‘‘We are delighted she has agreed to take up the role and believe under her guidance the organisation will be well placed to support councillors to achieve agreed outcomes for the community.’’
Ms Stork, who takes up the role on November 13, said she is looking forward to the opportunities and challenges of managing the large and diverse organisation.
‘‘I am very much looking forward to working with council, councillors and the community,’’ she said.
‘‘To be appointed to this beautiful shire renowned for its unique townships, beautiful landscapes, heritage architecture and vibrant communities is an opportunity that is exciting both professionally and personally and I am very much looking forward to starting at Macedon Ranges Shire.’’