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Shire of Coolgardie Chief Executive Officer Matthew Scott has been appointed as the new CEO of the Shire of Esperance.

He takes over the position from Mal Osborne, who is now the CEO of the Town of Port Hedland.

Mr Scott has an extensive background in local government and financial management, as CEO of Shire of Coolgardie since 2010, and as the Director of Corporate Services with the Town of Port Hedland for nearly five years.

Prior to that, he was the Executive Manager of Corporate and Community Services with the Shire of Wyndham- East Kimberley, and held several financial management roles with Local Governments in the metropolitan area. He also has commercial experience, having worked for Rio Tinto for several years.

Shire President Cr Malcolm Heasman welcomed Mr Scott to the Shire, saying he would be a valuable addition to the team particularly given his extensive financial management experience.

"Matthew’s experience in financial administration, and corporate and community services is an excellent fit for our Shire, particularly given the major development projects that are underway in the community at the moment," said Cr Heasman.

Mr Scott said he was excited to be given the opportunity to lead Esperance during a time of significant community development, particularly given the substantial State Government investment in the Shire through the Supertowns Project.

He said he was looking forward to leading the community through the major infrastructure projects that were already underway, including the water front redevelopment and the town centre revitalization plan.

"Esperance is highly regarded throughout the State as being a progressive and inclusive Shire, and my family and I are eager to make the move and become part of the community," Mr Scott said.

Mr Scott is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA), is a member of Local Government Managers Australia and is currently studying his Masters in Business Administration (MBA). He will commence in the CEO position on the 7th January 2013.

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