Ledger to act as CEO for a year

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

TOWN of Clare­mont ex­ec­u­tive man­ager Liz Ledger will take over from chief ex­ec­u­tive Stephen Goode in July next year.

Mr Goode will va­cate the seat af­ter more than seven years with the Town, leav­ing the Peo­ple and Places ex­ec­u­tive man­ager to take the reins for a year, be­fore the po­si­tion is for­mally ad­ver­tised.

Mayor Jock Barker said the coun­cil had de­cided to in­vite in­ter­nal ap­pli­cants al­low­ing a suc­cess­ful ex­ist­ing staff mem­ber to prove them­self in the po­si­tion be­fore hav­ing to com­pete with ex­ter­nal ap­pli­cants.

He said coun­cil be­lieved tran­si­tion­ing from Mr Goode to an in­ter­nal can­di­date was the best op­por­tu­nity to con­tinue the high qual­ity team­work among the Town’s staff.

“By mak­ing this de­ci­sion now we are send­ing a sig­nal of re­spect and con­fi­dence in our staff,” he said.

“It also pro­vides time for a transition between Stephen and Liz, dur­ing which time he will be pro­vid­ing guid­ance and help­ing her pre­pare for the new chal­lenge.”

Un­der the Lo­cal Government Act, coun­cils have up to 12 months to ad­ver­tise a po­si­tion ex­ter­nally.

Mrs Ledger, who started with the Town as ex­ec­u­tive man­ager in 2013, said she was very ex­cited by the op­por­tu­nity to prove her­self in the po­si­tion and looked for­ward to the chal­lenge of mak­ing a con­tri­bu­tion in the new role.

Mr Goode ini­tially filled the chief ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tion for three months in 2009 and “things con­spired to make me stay”.

“I am very glad I did. I do feel a part of Clare­mont and that makes it harder to leave, but I have given it my best shot and now it’s time for some­thing new,” he said.

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Town of Clare­mont act­ing CEO Liz Ledger.

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