Shire starts re­cruit­ment for new chief

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

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