Shire starts recruitment for new chief
The recruitment process for appointing a new Shire of Exmouth chief executive has started, having been fast-tracked over timing concerns.
Shire interim commissioner Ian Fletcher said he had decided to start the process of selecting a Shire chief executive to ensure they were established as early as possible before adoption of the 2017/18 Shire budget and local government elections in October.
Adding to the time sensitivity is that the incoming chief executive would likely become effective only six months to a year after being appointed.
Shire interim commissioner Ian Fletcher said it had been several months since former chief executive Bill Price was dismissed and he was keen to start the recruitment process, which normally took about six months.
“What we also want to get back in place is stability because after the CCC’s investigation, there’s been a huge amount of strain on the Shire,” he said.
It comes after councillors terminated the contract of Mr Price in December following a Corruption and Crime Commission investigation into claims of financial misconduct at the Shire.
At the hearings, Mr Price admitted to awarding a $1 million contract without putting it out to tender and misleading councillors about that fact, as well as several instances of misusing his Shire credit card.
The Shire engineering services executive manager Keith Woodward was appointed acting chief executive in his place.
Mr Fletcher praised Mr Woodward’s work in the role but said with his ongoing management responsibilities he was dealing with a double workload.
The Shire is engaging executive search consultants to run the recruitment process and the position is expected to be advertised soon.