CEO in­spired to ‘do good’

South Western Times - - News - Emily Ace

OF­FER­ING res­i­dents “value for money” is the main fo­cus for new Capel shire chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ian McCabe who has taken the helm from long-time in­cum­bent Paul Sheedy.

Mr McCabe ad­dressed his first coun­cil meet­ing in the shire last night, af­ter fill­ing the role in early July.

“It was a bit of a blur for the first week and a half, meet­ing lots of peo­ple, do­ing the in­duc­tion and do­ing some train­ing, but now we are start­ing to get some real work done,” he said.

Mr McCabe was the CEO of the Shire of Wyalkatchem for the past five years, which was his first foray into lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

“It was a good po­si­tion be­cause CEOs in smaller coun­cils have to cover a wide range of ac­tiv­i­ties. You don’t have the re­sources to just pass it on to some­one else, you have to do it your­self,” he said.

Mr McCabe is a man­age­ment ac­coun­tant by pro­fes­sion, has pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence as a com­pany di­rec­tor, worked in the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture and spent 25 years work­ing for Aus­tralia Post across a num­ber of roles.

“I have had a very wide range of busi­ness ex­pe­ri­ence and I am re­ally in­ter­ested in the cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence side of things.”

He was at­tracted to work in lo­cal gov­ern­ment be­cause its main aim was to “do good”.

“We don’t have that profit mo­tive to say well, I have got to make a profit no mat­ter what,” he said.

“We are here to do good and get value for money.

“I want to work re­ally closely with all of the coun­cil and all of my staff so we are all on the same page, and hope­fully that means we are do­ing ex­actly what our com­mu­nity wants.”

Hav­ing pur­chased a home in Da­lyellup with his wife, Mr McCabe said he had a “shared in­ter­est with ev­ery­body else to make sure the whole Shire of Capel is suc­cess­ful”.

New Capel shire chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ian McCabe is look­ing for­ward to the years ahead in his role.

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