Councillor Ian Olsen is one of the longest serving Councillors, having first been elected in 1995 and consistently on Council since 2004. He was born and bred in Ward B and has always represented Ward B as an Independent.
Ian currently works as an Overseer at the Cessnock Correctional Centre where he takes inmates to work and teaches them skills in the hope they can turn the corner and not reoffend. Over the past 12 years of working at the Correctional Centre, he has seen it grow from one correctional centre to three and 450 inmates grow to over 1800.
Ian is passionate about improving local roads and making sure the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA) has quality developments that add to the quality of life. Putting residents first has always been his priority and at times Ian has shown his passion for the community by voicing the opinions of those he represents.
Keeping fit and running is one of Ian’s passions and he can often be seen running around the streets of Cessnock. He says it’s his meditation time and helps him de-stress after a hard day at the office. He has completed all six major marathons around the world and was 800th in the world to achieve this and only 69th in Australia. There is now over 4,000 with the Six Star medal. Combining his passion for running and travel is a great way to see the world.
Having been on Council for twenty years, Ian feels the job is not done yet and hopes to be re-elected so he can continue the fight for the residents to get the best results for both the community and the LGA as a whole.