CEO inspired to ‘do good’
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.