New chief’s credentials ‘perfect fit’
The Shire of Exmouth has appointed a City of Albany senior officer as its new chief executive.
City of Albany executive director of commercial services Cameron Woods was announced the Shire’s new chief executive at a special council meeting held last Thursday.
Mr Woods has 22 years experience working in local government in community and economic development roles, including managing major recreational and tourist facilities in regional WA.
He will start the five-year appointment in early June.
The news comes after former Shire of Exmouth chief executive Bill Price was summarily dismissed by councillors in December last year and council was suspended for six months after a Corruption and Crime Commission investigation into allegations of misconduct at the Shire.
Shire of Exmouth commissioner Ian Fletcher said Mr Woods’ appointment was a positive and exciting development for local governance in Exmouth.
“If you look at where Cameron’s been and what he’s done, and where Exmouth is at this point in time, it’s a perfect fit,” he said.
“Exmouth is clearly driven by tourism, that’s the major plank of the economy here. “If you look at what Cameron’s been doing in recent times, he’s the executive director of commercial services at the City of Albany. That role involves the National Anzac Centre, the Albany Visitor Centre, the Albany Regional Day Care centre, the Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre and the airport.”
Mr Fletcher said Mr Woods’ work in re-energising Albany’s National Anzac Centre, which was rated Australia’s number one museum by TripAdvisor last year, and handling the Amazing Albany tourism campaigns were particularly strong points in his favour.
“The National Anzac Centre became the focal point (for Albany) and it brought the whole community together,” he said. “That’s what we’re going to do with the Ningaloo centre in Exmouth.” Forty-six applications were received including some from interstate.