Cessnock City Council’s Customer Service Team has received a Highly Commended achievement at the National Local Government Customer Service Awards in the Customer Service Team of the Year category.
The team were also ranked number one in the National Local Government Mystery Customer Survey for telephone, walk in’s and overall experience.
Cessnock City Council’s newly appointed General Manager, Lotta Jackson, was thrilled with the announcement.
“Customer service is such an important part of what we do here at Cessnock City Council and I would like to congratulate each and every member of the team for this wonderful achievement,” Lotta said.
Council’s Customer Service Team has undergone a major culture change recently, with the appointment of a new Manager, two team leaders and a Business Improvement Specialist.
This new team structure has encouraged positive and proactive change within the team and the results are reflective of this.
The customer service area in the Council’s Admin Building has been revamped, the team chose new professional uniforms, over 90 new procedures have been documented, a staff training plan implemented, and a Knowledge Management System has been put in place.
Focused on customer service improvement, a monthly mystery shopper was also introduced and the results of these are consistently higher each month.
Council’s Business Support and Customer Relations Manager, Roslyn Ashton, said she is so proud of what the team has achieved.
“Our team has achieved some amazing outcomes is such a short timeframe and the feedback we are getting from the community highlights that what we’re doing is really working,” Roslyn said.
“To be recognised at these National Awards is just incredible and we will continue to work hard to improve the customer service experience here at Cessnock City Council,” she continued.
The National Local Government Customer Service Awards were held at Rydges Port Macquarie at an evening gala dinner on 17 October.
IMAGE | Cessnock City Council team with their award at the National Local Government Customer Service Awards gala dinner.
Local government has been in operation in the Cessnock area since 1906 when the Shire of Cessnock held its first meeting. During the following years there were several amalgamations and splits as new Shires were formed and reshaped until Cessnock was declared a City in 1958.
Cessnock City Council provides a diverse range of services and facilities for the residents of the LGA as well as visitors to the area.