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Manns steps up

Tuesday, 2nd October, 2018

Therese Manns during her time in Broken Hill. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt Therese Manns during her time in Broken Hill. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt

By Michael Murphy

The previous Broken Hill City Council General Manager has landed a plum job as chief of a major Sydney city council.

Therese Manns was last week appointed as general manager of Randwick City Council, which has a population of more than 130,000 people and is home to the most stunning coastal beach strip in Sydney, including iconic Clovelly, Coogee and Maroubra beaches.

Ms Manns resigned from her Broken Hill position in 2015 after two years of a five-year contract.

She oversaw major cuts to council’s workforce and services - including the closure of Shorty O’Neil Village - and reduced council’s operating deficit from $6.9 million to $3.3 million.

She also put in place a long-term financial plan for Broken Hill, and won a Local Government Award for Women while working here.

After Broken Hill, Ms Manns took up a positon as director of corporate services with the Sutherland Shire Council in Sydney, and will continue to work there until she takes up her new position at Randwick next month.

Randwick Mayor Lindsay Shurey said Ms Manns was a stand-out candidate and the ideal person to lead their council.

“Therese has strong experience in local government with a background in community engagement, long-term financial and asset planning and leadership development,” Mayor Shurey said in a statement.

“She understands the important role local government plays in the community and has demonstrated experience leading large and complex organisations.

“She is well regarded in local government as a dynamic and charismatic leader with a strong focus on technology and innovation.

“She has proven people skills and the ability to work with stakeholders at all levels,” Mayor Shurey said.

Ms Manns said she was privileged to be given the opportunity at Randwick Council.

“Randwick has and continues to be a leader and influencer in the local government sector,” Ms Manns said in a statement.

“The sense of community created, underpinned by strong values, is a credit to both community and organisational leadership over many years.

“I hold high regard and respect for the way Randwick has been managed to date and look forward to meeting the staff and community.”

After Ms Manns left Broken Hill in September 2015, several people acted in the top position until current general manager James Roncon was appointed in February 2016.

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