New City of Hobart CEO gets down to work

Published on 08 February 2024

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Highly experienced local government executive Michael Stretton has commenced in the role of City of Hobart Chief Executive Officer.

Formerly the CEO of the City of Launceston, Mr Stretton has extensive leadership experience and achievements in the local government sector in Tasmania.

With a masters’ qualifications in science and business administration, Mr Stretton commenced with the City of Launceston 2012 as the Director of Development Services before taking up the position of General Manager at Waratah-Wynyard Council for three years until 2017 when he took the helm at the City of Launceston.

Mr Stretton said he was looking forward to getting down to business.

“I’m excited to join the incredible team at the City of Hobart and look forward to working together with our elected members for the people of Hobart,” Mr Stretton said.

“My priorities over the early months of my tenure will be to work closely with the elected members to understand their vision for the city and ensuring that the organisation is best placed to deliver on that vision both now and into the future.”

Mr Stretton succeeds CEO Kelly Grigsby, who resigned in July 2023 to take up the role of Chief Executive Officer with the Municipal Association of Victoria.

Mr Stretton has been appointed for a term of five years.

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