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Greater Shepparton City Council CEO Phil Pearce announced his resignation today.
Mr Pearce will take up a role as General Manager of the City of Newcastle in New South Wales commencing August 1, 2011.
Mr Pearce said he was approached by a recruiting company about the position just before Easter.
"I hadn't been looking for other positions but when this opportunity was presented to me it was one I couldn't say no to," Mr Pearce said.
He said he had informed Councillors and staff this morning that his resignation was effective as of July 15, 2011.
Deputy Mayor Michael Polan said Council was disappointed to see Mr Pearce go but recognised the professional opportunities the appointment presented.
"We thank Phil for his energy and commitment during the past two years as CEO of Greater Shepparton City Council," Cr Polan said.
Mr Pearce was appointed CEO of Greater Shepparton two years ago after stints as CEO of Mildura Rural City and Campaspe Shire councils.
He said he believed Greater Shepparton City Council was well positioned for future growth.
"The sustainability of Council's finances and assets means the organisation is in very good shape," he said.
"I've also been pleased to oversee the lake redevelopment, ensure we've got robust financial management systems in place and elevate the discussion around issues such as the need for improved passenger rail services to Shepparton to a meaningful level with the State Government."
Mr Pearce said the process to appoint a new CEO would begin as soon as possible.