FORMER Albury Council director Michael Keys has been snapped up for a senior role with Wagga Council.
Mr Keys, who was overlooked for one of two deputy chief executive positions in an Albury senior management shake-up which came into effect on July 1, starts at Wagga on Monday where he will lead its regional activation and city development initiatives.
"Council interviewed quite a number of impressive candidates for this role and Michael stood out as having both the experience and the professional acumen to deliver the best outcomes for Wagga, from our special activation precinct, digital connectivity and regional growth programs that we are pursuing in partnership with the NSW Government," Wagga Council general manager Peter Thompson.
Mr Keys had been a senior staffer at Albury since the mid-2000s after previously working at Murray and Dubbo councils.
He also had a stint as acting general manager when Les Tomich had to vacate the role to undergo heart surgery in late 2011.
Frank Zaknich was appointed Mr Tomich's full-time replacement with his title also changing to chief executive in the shake-up.
Existing directors Brad Ferris and Tracey Squire were appointed to the two deputy chief executive positions.
Mr Ferris has been placed in charge of some of Mr Keys' former key responsibilities including planning.
Mr Keys' brief in Wagga includes strategic land use planning, economic development, urban design, recreation planning, asset planning and developer contributions.
Simon Coad, who was the other director at Albury before the changes took effect, has remained with council in the role as team leader of communities.
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