Contract ensures positive move forward

Adelaide Plains Council (APC) has announced the appointment of Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr James Miller, until 2026.

Elected Members, at a Special Meeting held on August 22, unanimously resolved to extend Mr Miller’s contract in order to maintain strong leadership and stability for council.

APC mayor, Mark Wasley, said Mr Miller has been a valuable asset to APC, since he started as acting CEO in late 2015.

“He has been instrumental in rebuilding the council, from both an administration perspective and with Elected Members and community relationships,” Mayor Wasley said.

“James demonstrates leadership, enthusiasm and professionalism at all times and has strived very successfully to improve the operations and functions of Adelaide Plains Council.

“I am very aware his diligence, knowledge and guidance has raised the bar across all levels of the organisation.”

Mr Miller said he was extremely proud to have led APC over the past four years.

“The rebuild and rebrand of the organisation from the turbulence of 2015 to the stability our community so richly deserves is a wonderful achievement by all involved,” Mr Miller said.

Through James’ leadership, council has reconnected and achieved a strong sense of solidarity, and Mayor Wasley believes council is well-positioned to continue moving in a positive direction.

Deputy mayor, Councillor Marcus Strudwicke, said Mr Miller started just after the Pinery fire, and in the turmoil following the departure of both the Mayor and CEO.

“James has, step by step, overseen the rebuilding of the organisation, its finances and its reputation,” Cr Strudwicke said.

“There are now record levels of activity and opportunity in our district, and under James’ watch, the council has been well positioned to manage and progress this fortuity.

“I look forward with enthusiasm to working with James in this exciting next phase for our council, as we continue to build on the hard work of the past four years.”

In accepting the Council’s offer, Mr Miller said the decision enabled council to continue to deliver on the foundations put in place.

“We, elected members and staff alike, are on an exciting journey and we must seize on the opportunities that abound,” Mr Miller said.

“Let’s, in 2026, look back on this period with a sense of accomplishment, satisfaction and fondness in making APC a real destination for investment, employment, education and lifestyle.”

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