Veteran councillor Kevin Parker says stability will be the "key ingredient" to restoring confidence to Dubbo Regional Council both internally and externally.
Mr Parker, first elected in 2012, is running in the south ward for the council elections on December 4. He says a strong and effective council will be best achieved by building good working relationships with all members of the community.
The local bank manager said stability was the key after a "turbulent" time for council and welcomed the appointment of new chief executive officer Murray Wood.
"It's an important position, one that's the glue that holds everything together between staff, councillors and community," he said.
"I think with his appointment Dubbo will have the support of the community and a new council will steam ahead."
Traffic and parking in Dubbo were high on his list of priorities.
"Traffic has increased enormously over the last few years, that's why we need the River Street bridge, and why we've got to look at the transportation strategy in terms of future development," Mr Parker said. "With future development going West Dubbo way, we're going to have more and more traffic coming over from there."
Mr Parker has a long history of community involvement, dating back to 1971, as a member of the Masonic Lodge, volunteer with the Rotary Club of Macquarie, a board member of the Macquarie Conservatorium, volunteer driver with the Cancer Council and Rural Fire Service volunteer.
He said he was committed to investing his time to residents and had the courage to back his own judgment.
"It doesn't matter if you're 100 per cent right or only 50 per cent right, you're always going to cop criticism," he said.
"That is one thing you're going to have to learn to accept and live with because you're not going to please people all the time.
"I have been a decision maker all my life in my job, so I'm used to making the hard decisions and you've just got to live with it."
This year, residents will have the choice to vote to abolish the ward system and elect 11 councillors, something which Mr Parker strongly supports.
"The ward system does not allow for the best choice of councillors to be elected."
Although he is better known as Kevin, Mr Parker will be listed as Alfred Parker on the ballot paper.