Maitland City Council appoints new General Manager

Maitland City Council appoints new General Manager

Maitland City Council has recently announced the appointment of Jeff Smith CPA GAICD to the position of General Manager, following a unanimous resolution of Council at an extraordinary meeting.

Maitland Mayor Philip Penfold said Jeff boasted an impressive 29-year career in the private and public sectors.

Following other senior local government roles, including at Port Stephens Council and Randwick City Council, Jeff is the current Director of Corporate and Legal of Northern Beaches Council, where he has been since 2019.

“We conducted an extensive and thorough recruitment process to find the right person to lead the management of our great Council operation into the future,” Phillip said.

“Jeff ticks all the boxes. He has a great breadth of experience, a real focus on customer service and is an exceptional financial manager.

“He is highly regarded and well respected within the industry and further afield, and we are very fortunate to have someone of his calibre join us.

“Importantly, Jeff is very down to earth, genuine and people focused and will be a great fit for our community and Council.

“I am confident Jeff will help lead our organisation to the next level as we continue to deliver quality services and infrastructure for the people of Maitland,” Jeff concluded.

Council received nearly 100 applications from across the country for the highly sought-after role.

Jeff will join Maitland City Council as General Manager, under a five-year contract, from 3 July 2023.

Maitland City Council

The Maitland Local Government Area (LGA) covers an area of 396km2 in the Lower Hunter region of New South Wales.

Maitland is the focus of a diversity of economic activities including agriculture, tourism, mining, manufacturing, transport and construction industries. Arguably Maitland’s greatest asset is its location on the rich alluvial flats of the Hunter and Paterson Rivers. It is one of the most highly productive areas in NSW and a service centre for a rich agricultural hinterland.


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