A new CEO has been appointed by the Northampton Shire after its previous CEO retired at the beginning of December due to health issues. Shire of Manjimup CEO Andrew Campbell will start in the new role in late May, after providing almost 27 years of continuous service to the South West shire. Shire president Liz Sudlow said he would bring significant experience to the role. “The recruitment process resulted in a number of very capable applications being received, with Andrew being considered the preferred candidate by all elected members,” Cr Sudlow said. Mr Campbell has a passion for economic development in local and regional communities and has been the driving force behind the $32m Revitalisation of Manjimup’s Town Centre Project, which has already resulted in millions of dollars of private investment and hundreds of jobs in the Manjimup community. Mr Campbell has also been part of WALGA’s Economic Development Industry Reference Group and sits on WALGA’s Economic Development Policy Forum Group. “Council is delighted to have been able to secure the appointment of Andrew who, with his vast experience, will be pivotal to the future development of the shire,” Cr Sudlow said. Former CEO Garry Keeffe resigned from his position last year after almost 50 years in local government and although he wanted to mark 30 years in the role — a milestone he was close to — he ultimately stepped down due to health and family reasons.