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Thursday, 11th September, 2014

Sharon Hutch, City Council’s new Deputy General Manager Sharon Hutch, City Council’s new Deputy General Manager

By Craig Brealey

A working trip back to the bush has worked out better than imagined for a finance manager for a big council on the coast.

Sharon Hutch came to the Silver City on secondment from the Gosford Council in January to work as the acting Chief Financial Officer with BH City Council.

Yesterday that temporary turn became permanent when Mrs Hutch was appointed to the second- top job on council.

In the newly-created position of Deputy General Manager she will be responsible for economic development, infrastructure, planning and libraries which were previously run by managers whose roles were abolished in the recent council restructure.

"There are inbuilt links between all of these areas so I believe this will be a really exciting prospect," Mrs Hutch said.

She said she was also familiar with one of the main the problems facing the Far West, that of a dwindling population and fewer ratepayers, having worked for the Central Darling Shire as its Manager of Community and Economic Development from 2002 to 2006 before moving to Gosford.

Mrs Hutch has already been helping develop council's Long Term Financial Plan and she said her first priority as Deputy General Manager would be to "bring the team together" to strengthen the city's finances.

When she came to Broken Hill in January the job was only meant to last three month but being back in the bush had drawn her in, she said, and she had been able to renew old acquaintances from her time in the Central Darling Shire.

"The landscape, the people...I couldn't leave...

"I am really looking forward to the next stage in my career. Broken Hill is a wonderful city...

Council's General Manager, Therese Manns, said Mrs Hutch was picked for the job from a strong field of applicants because of her financial expertise and her "outstanding qualities as a leader".

She was also well respected in NSW Local Government, said Mrs Manns.

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