It's the excitement and the challenge that has attracted Murray Wood to take on the role as Dubbo Regional Council's interim chief executive officer.
Mr Wood started the new job on Friday. After speaking to the media, the first item on his agenda was attending council's housing availability forum.
Mr Wood was a council director until 2018. Since then he's been working for the Department of Regional NSW.
While he admitted he had to do "lots of thinking" about taking the CEO position, Mr Wood said ultimately, it hadn't been a hard sell.
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"I've been in another role in the state government where I covered all of NSW and I could have been based anywhere but my family and I chose to be based in Dubbo because we're passionate about our community," the interim CEO said.
"I guess the opportunity to help lead an organisation so fundamental to our success in all sorts of measures, being Dubbo Regional Council, is both exciting and challenging. But I'm really looking forward to it."
Mr Wood said it was not for him to comment on recent allegations of bullying and harassment within the organisation. He said there were processes in place for the issues to be addressed and he saw it as his role to give confidence to the elected body of councillors, the community and the staff that it was going to be dealt with as efficiently as possible.
The next big challenge for Mr Wood will be the upcoming local government election. Any newly-elected councillors would need to get quickly up to speed with the rules and regulations, he said.
"Then you have to run the organisation seamlessly during all those changes at a political level. And I think I can add value both in creating that space to get people operating at their most creative and attentive to the problems we have at hand."
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