Parker ap­pointed City’s new CEO

Weekend Courier - - Front Page - Gabrielle Jef­fery

THE City of Rock­ing­ham has an­nounced the ap­point­ment of its new chief ex­ec­u­tive, Michael Parker.

Af­ter a four-month se­lec­tion process, Mr Parker was cho­sen to re­place out­go­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drew Hammond af­ter he re­signed on Novem­ber 20 last year.

Mr Parker has been chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Shire of Har­vey for the past 15 years and prior to that was chief ex­ec­u­tive at Shire of Wa­gin.

Mayor Barry Sam­mels said it was a com­pre­hen­sive se­lec­tion process.

“The search for a suit­able can­di­date has been a long and in­volved one, with many steps to be taken,” he said.

“But coun­cil is very con­fi­dent we have found the ideal per­son for this very im­por­tant role.”

A Re­cruit­ment Com­mit­tee com­pris­ing Cr Sam­mels, Deputy Mayor Deb Ham­blin, and coun­cil­lors Chris El­liot and Joy Ste­wart were re­spon­si­ble for se­lect­ing a suit­able can­di­date.

Lester Blades Ex­ec­u­tive Search was en­gaged to as­sist with the search.

The City re­ceived 67 ap­pli­ca­tions from around Aus­tralia for the po­si­tion.

Six can­di­dates were in­ter­viewed by the Re­cruit­ment Com­mit­tee.

At a spe­cial meet­ing on April 19, coun­cil au­tho­rised Cr Sam­mels to com­mence ne­go­ti­a­tions with the pre­ferred can­di­date over con­trac­tual de­tails and a re­mu­ner­a­tion pack­age.

“The chief ex­ec­u­tive’s role is ab­so­lutely vi­tal to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of coun­cil’s vi­sion for the City of Rock­ing­ham,” he said.

“We are de­lighted to have found a can­di­date of Michael’s cal­i­bre who has the ex­pe­ri­ence and the en­thu­si­asm to fill the re­quire­ments of this role.

“We are look­ing for­ward to his con­tri­bu­tion to the City over com­ing years.”

Michael Parker has been chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Shire of Har­vey and Shire of Wa­gin.

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