Shire chief resigns
The Shire of East Pilbara has announced chief executive Allen Cooper will resign from his role in December, leaving behind a legacy of accomplishments.
Mr Cooper joined the Shire of East Pilbara in 1994 as director of corporate services and took over the role of chief executive in 1998.
He had previously worked as the chief executive of the Pilbara Regional Council and was the acting chairman of the Pilbara Area Consultative Committee in December, 2009.
Shire of East Pilbara president Lynne Craigie said the community had continued to flourish under Mr Cooper’s leadership despite the Shire’s various economic phases.
She said Mr Cooper had steered the region from an “outback municipality” to a key regional centre in the Pilbara.
“I have had the privilege of serving with Allen since I first joined council in 2002 and I believe he is one of the most committed and passionate public servants I have met,” she said.
“I am deeply grateful that Allen has devoted the bulk of his professional career to serve our communities, which has resulted in enormous positive gains for us all.
“While Newman was prospering from the resources boom, Allen ensured that our smaller towns, Marble Bar and Nullagine, always received their fair share of the benefits generated from this period.”
The successful completion of the Newman Town Centre Revitalisation Plan, which has transformed the town centre into a vibrant hub, has been highlighted as one of Mr Cooper’s major achievements.
Mr Cooper was one of the founders of the plan, which was completed in late July with the opening of Newman’s Town Square.
He has also contributed to the success of the Newman Airport, a facility owned and maintained by the Shire.