The man appointed to run the south-east Queensland city of Ipswich after the council was dissolved by the state government says he wants to focus on repairing the city's reputation.
Greg Chemello, the general manager of Economic Development Queensland, was named in State Parliament on Wednesday to take over the full role and responsibilities of council.
It comes after the government passed special laws on Tuesday to sack the council, after 15 councillors and council staff, including former mayors Paul Pisasale and Andrew Antoniolli, were charged with 86 criminal offences in a highly publicised corruption scandal.
Mr Chemello said the appointment would be a "great challenge" but said he would look to restore trust in Ipswich - first with council staff, and then with the community.
"(Ipswich council staff) have had a tough time, it's been very difficult for them as individuals," Mr Chemello said.
"There is a way forward; we have 19 months until the next local government election, and we will use that time to recraft the culture of the council, get it back engaged with the community."
While Mr Chemello says it's daunting to be given a role usually filled by a mayor and 10 councillors, the "machinery of council" remains in place and can pick up a lot of the slack.
Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the laws to sack council take effect from Thursday, although he had not called any of the councillors since the legislation was introduced on Tuesday.
"They will be formally advised via the CEO of Ipswich City Council and there's been ongoing communication (through the CEO)," Mr Hinchliffe said.
"Rather than dealing with individuals involved with this, my focus has been on the people of Ipswich and the welfare of staff in particular."
Mr Chemello will be advised by a five-person panel of business and finance experts, although only he will hold executive power and will make all decisions usually made by council.
Ipswich City Council chief executive Sean Madigan welcomed the appointment, saying in a statement that Mr Chemello would "no doubt be a terrific proponent for good governance".
However, now-former Ipswich councillor David Morrison says the state government's decision to sack the council is a smack in the face for Queensland democracy.
"These councillors were only elected just over two years ago, so if people thought we were corrupt and evil and bullying, they would have had a chance to say no to us just two years ago," he told ABC radio.
All the councillors who haven't been charged maintain they knew nothing of the alleged widespread corruption in Ipswich.
The Crime and Corruption Commission it expected to now report on its investigations into other Queensland councils following its Ipswich report.