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Retirement just got a whole lot busier for Jim Crawford

JIM Crawford’s years in senior management will hold him good stead as he enters the next phase of his life, as a newly-elected councillor on Moree Plains Shire.

“It’s pleasing to see a final result has been announced and I am very humbled to be voted on to Moree Plains Shire Council,” Mr Crawford said.

“I believe the results show that voters wanted change by returning only three sitting candidates, allowing six new faces on board.

“I think is a good cross-section of candidates that has a good balance of members which I am sure can work constructively together as a team to achieve the results required to make this an effective and efficient board,” he said.

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Jim Crawford’s years in senior management should hold him good stead on MPSC’s new-look council.

Mr Crawford, now retired, had been in management roles throughout his working life and it is this background that will provide solid leadership skills that will sit perfectly with his proven track record in strategy, finance and risk management.

“I know the importance of working in a team environment to achieve set outcomes within budget and on time,” he said.

“I was employed in the electricity supply industry for 36 years, 26 of those as manager after starting out as area manager and retiring as regional manager. I believe I have a good understanding of how councils operate and work,” Mr Crawford said.

Mr Crawford, whose key platforms when seeking election were roads, tourism and industry, is very involved in the Moree community.

He was an active member of Moree Apex Club as well as the Rotary Club, where he served terms as president and secretary.

He has also been awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship, which is the highest accolade Rotary International can bestow on one of its members.

Mr Crawford was also honorary treasurer for six years of Moree Rural Counselling Service when it was operational, and is currently president of Moree Family Support, a non-government organisation tasked with assisting people in need in the shire.

He is also a committee member of Moree Area Homelessness Services, president of University of the Third Age, volunteer driver for Moree Community Transport and on a permanent roster for Meals on Wheels deliveries.

Retirement, it seems, has just got a whole lot busier for Mr Crawford.

“I believe I have the skills required to be an effective councillor,” Mr Crawford said.

Words Copyright Bill Poulos 2016, Image supplied