City of Greater Geraldton’s incoming chief executive says he is looking forward to the new challenge when he takes over from Tony Brun on April 22.
Ken Diehm is director of water and waste at Townsville City Council, a directorate of 360 employees dealing with assets of $1.5 billion, more than three times that of Geraldton and a revenue budget of $160 million, twice that of Geraldton.
“Townsville also has a much bigger population, at 190,000, but despite these comparisons I think the new job will be just as, if not more, demanding and extremely challenging,” he said.
Mr Diehm was born in Ipswich and has been in local government for 27 years, the first half dealing with the finances of the City of Townsville.
He has a bachelor of commerce, has a masters of business administration, ran his own business for nearly three years specialising in strategic financial planning for local government, and is finishing off a masters degree in conflict and dispute resolution.Full story in today's print edition.