City of Hobart General Manager to step down in April

Published on 13 October 2020

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City of Hobart General Manager Nick Heath has announced his intention to step down from the position in April 2021.

Mr Heath, who has held the position of General Manager since 2008 and has been an employee for more than three decades, said the time was right to move on from the organisation and he would not be seeking an extension of his contract when it ends on 31 March.

“It has been a privilege and an honour to serve the community of Hobart as an employee of the City of Hobart, more recently as the General Manager,” Mr Heath said.

“We now have a new strategic plan, based on the Community Vision, together with a number of other key strategies to guide our decision-making into the future.

“It is the right time for me to move on both personally and, more importantly, for the Council.

“The challenges our community and our organisation face as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic requires the Council to determine the leadership style and skills it needs in order to address this critical time in our history. My decision gives the Council this opportunity.”

Mr Heath thanked the Council, Executive Leadership Team and employees for making his career with the City and rewarding and enjoyable one.

Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds thanked Mr Heath for his considerable contribution to the community over many years.

“On behalf of the Council, I thank Nick for his commitment to working in the best interest of, and providing for, the community, and congratulate him on his outstanding career serving the city of Hobart during the past 30 years. 

“He has been instrumental in implementing the strategies and policies of this and previous councils and is highly respected by Elected Members and his colleagues.

“Nick’s experience and leadership will be missed, but we wish him all the very best.”

Mr Heath will finish in is role on Friday 9 April, 2021.

The Council resolved last night to commence a national search process to ensure the best possible candidate to replace Mr Heath is secured. The search process is based on expert advice and on processes used by other capital cities and large councils.


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