This month we speak with Andrew Johnson, the CEO of Port Pirie Regional Council.
Andrew talks about how he enjoys working for a regional council, and how he once got lost in Parliament House...
Hi Andrew - thanks for talking with us.
What’s your current role, and what does it involve?
CEO of Port Pirie Regional Council
Where were you before and what attracted you to your current role?
I was previously the General Manager (CEO) of Guyra Shire Council in northern NSW
In your opinion, how different is a rural council compared to metro, as a place to work?
Due to the small size of many rural councils, you get a much broader range of experience that you can't get in larger organisations. One minute you are talking to Ministers and developers, the next you are sorting out dead pigs.
What is the most satisfying thing about working for a rural council?
You can make a profound difference to the community, through major community projects, service improvements, and attracting new businesses to town. These are more noticeable in small self contained communities.
What’s the longer term plan – where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I have recently had my contract extended for another 5 years, so I am likely to be driving the growth of Port Pirie for some time to come.
What advice would you have for someone seeking a career in Local Government?
Local Government offers so many career paths, that you will find both rewarding and satisfying. Don’t be afraid to try a rural council to expand your experience.
What’s your most embarrassing Local Government moment?
Getting lost in the Ministerial wing of Parliament House in Canberra.
Are you known as having a favourite “saying” or term? What is it?
How do you spend your leisure time outside of Local Government?
I am a mad keen Port Power member and attend most home games.