Mount Remarkable District Council appoints new chief

LEADER: Sam Johnson is excited for the future of the Mount Remarkable District Council after being appointed as its chief executive officer.
LEADER: Sam Johnson is excited for the future of the Mount Remarkable District Council after being appointed as its chief executive officer.

Sam Johnson thinks the district surrounding his new office is quite remarkable.

The former Port Augusta mayor has just been appointed chief executive officer of the Melrose-based Mount Remarkable District Council.

He was previously acting chief executive officer in the wake of a dispute between council and the former chief executive officer.

Mr Johnson lives in Port Augusta where he worked for the ANZ Bank until his new appointment.

"From my driveway to the northern end of the council area is a distance of a few kilometres," he said.

"But I am not averse to relocating to a beautiful part of the world within the council."

Mr Johnson won a five-year contract amid a highly-competitive field vying for the position.

He said the strong interest reflected well on the council,

"They are still seen in a high regard in local government circles and around the state," he said.

He declined to comment on the conflict between council and the former chief executive officer.

"The existing staff is a great group of people," he said.

"One of the genuine contributing factors to my applying for the role on a permanent basis was the staff ... who are passionate about their jobs.

"When you have people there for the right motivations, you can achieve things for the community."

Mayor Phil Heaslip said there had been a "thorough selection process".

"We are happy to appoint Mr Johnson to the position of chief executive officer," he said.

"He brings an array of experience to the council, having spent a majority of his career in the corporate world of finance. He had 12 years in local government as an elected member.

"He holds qualifications in finance, property, local government and is completing his Bachelor of Public Administration majoring in management and public policy.

"Mr Johnson brings a great deal of renewed enthusiasm and diverse experience which we feel will be valuable to the community and the council at this opportune time."

The new leader's experience has seen him in varying roles that have covered big areas of both South Australia and the Northern Territory.

He has been involved in committees and boards.

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