A state government bureaucrat has been named Logan City Council’s new chief executive officer.

Darren Scott was director of economic development and major projects at the Gold Coast City Council for 11 years.

More recently, he was deputy director-general at the state government’s Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy.

Before that, he was assistant under treasurer for Queensland Treasury.

Mr Scott brings a history of leading complex and large-scale projects, economic development and investment attraction.

He said he felt privileged to return to the local government sector where he could enjoy being part of the community.

“I’m incredibly excited by the opportunity to work with the mayor and councillors to serve the residents of Logan,” Mr Scott said.

“I was attracted to Logan’s strong sense of community, the unique mix of cultures and its potential ahead of the 2032 Games.

“Logan is experiencing rapid growth and I want to be a key contributor to shaping its future.

“It’s a city that’s evolving and my long-term vision is to help Logan maximise the opportunities on its doorstep to ensure it reaches its full potential.”

Mayor Darren Power said the process to appoint a permanent CEO was one of the most important decisions the council team would make.

“My councillor team and I wanted to make sure we took the time to ensure the process was done right,” Cr Power said.

“The process we put in place right from the start was based on the principles of equality, fairness, confidentiality and merit.

“The whole councillor team was a vital part of the recruitment process, interviewing the short-listed candidates.”

Cr Power said he was looking forward to the certainty the decision would bring for the council and City of Logan residents.

Cr Power paid tribute to acting CEO Silvio Trinca and acknowledged his work in leading the organisation since February 2018.

“I want to thank Silvio for his strong leadership in encouraging and motivating council’s 1750-strong workforce to deliver the highest standards of service to the community under some of the most challenging circumstances,” Cr Power said.

The CEO Recruitment Panel comprised Cr Power, deputy mayor Jon Raven and councillors Miriam Stemp, Natalie Willcocks and independent member Dan Hunt.

Mr Trinca will continue as council’s acting CEO until Mr Scott starts on Monday January 31.

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