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    Hindmarsh Shire Council chief executive Jessie Holmes.

Hindmarsh Shire on search for new CEO

Hindmarsh Shire Council is on the hunt for a new chief executive following the departure of Jessie Holmes.

Council reluctantly agreed to accept Ms Holmes' request to be released from her contract.

Ms Holmes was due to start on October 16, 2023 however she had been on leave while she received treatment for a health condition.

 "I am grateful for the unwavering support of the councillors, staff, and community, however being a CEO is a privilege and requires 110 per cent to serve the community through the council and I am not in a position at present or in the near future to give the role the attention it deserves," Ms Holmes said.

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Council will start the process of recruiting for a new chief executive and wished Ms Holmes all the best with her health.

Hindmarsh Shire Council Mayor Brett Ireland said he spoke on behalf of all councillors when he said it was with sadness that Ms Holmes would not be taking up the role of chief executive of the council.

"Councillors voted unanimously for her appointment and were certain that Jessie would lead the shire with distinction. We wish her all the best in her future endeavours and a speedy recovery as she will be an asset to any organisation that she chooses to be involved with," he said.

 "We are confident that we have the resources and experience to cover this important time of year and we will be moving quickly to appoint a new chief executive to the position, after once again advertising and interviewing prospective applicants.

"Our shire remains in a strong financial and administrative position."