Sam Johnson appointed as new City of Launceston CEO

Published on 08 April 2024

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Mr Sam Johnson OAM has today been named as the City of Launceston’s new Chief Executive Officer and is expected to take up the role in July.


City of Launceston Mayor Matthew Garwood said he was pleased to announce the appointment after an extensive national and international recruitment process conducted over the past four months.


"I'm excited to announce the appointment of Sam as our new Chief Executive Officer," Mayor Garwood said.


"We attracted a very large field of close to 40 high-quality candidates but despite tough competition Sam impressed the Councillor team with his visionary and high-energy approach, along with his obvious passion and drive for the Launceston community.


"Sam has multi sector experience, having worked earlier in his career in senior roles with ANZ along with five years as a very young Mayor at Port Augusta City Council.


"He is the outgoing CEO at the District Council of Mount Remarkable in South Australia, a role he's held since 2020.


"Sam was awarded an OAM for services to the Local Government sector in 2021.


"Sam will be moving from South Australia in the coming months with his wife and three young boys, who are very excited to move to Launceston.


Sam had this message for the Launceston community and staff of the City Council:


"What a wonderful opportunity the City of Launceston has offered me — to be your new Council CEO in one of the most beautiful, diverse and fastest growing cities in Tasmania!


"I am particularly looking forward to building new relationships with the wonderful staff and community members alike. I want to ensure that our teams have the resources to do their job effectively and to

support their professional goals, aspirations, and growth whilst working towards providing the very best service levels to the community.


"In this role, I will get out and about in order to meet as many community organisations and members as I can, as well as advocating strongly for the City and region into the future.


"I will be eager to hear where the community think that we can improve our services and processes. They can be assured I will identify priorities and act upon these in order to build an agile organisation for our community as it grows and shifts into the future in partnership with our dedicated Mayor and Councillor team.


"On a personal level, I am really looking forward to both working and living in this special place with my family and joining such a vibrant and incredible community."


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