10 May 2023

New CEO keen to make good impression

| Sarah Martin
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Cooktown resident Jenny Moxham has a cuppa with Cook Shire mayor Peter Scott and new chief executive officer Brian Joiner.

BRIAN Joiner has promised not to make any hasty decisions as he wrapped up his first week as CEO of Cook Shire Council.

Mr Joiner started last Monday with a packed schedule, including a council meeting, a councillor workshop and a community planning meeting at Lakeland.

The new council boss said he planned to take his time getting to know Cook Shire and the council better.

“We have some urgent issues to deal with, but we must address these in a way that is consistent with building a long-term sustainable future,” Mr Joiner said.

“We all want to see continued improvement but I won’t be making any hasty decisions or dramatic changes.”

Mr Joiner said the decisions council made under his leadership would be based on what is best for the whole community.

Cook Shire mayor Peter Scott said Mr Joiner brought exceptional regional and remote experience, unique business acumen and fresh perspectives.

“The community will appreciate his down-to-earth nature, sense of humour and long-term career aspirations,” he said.

Cr Scott said he looked forward to working with Mr Joiner to continue driving council and the region to new heights.

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