Search starts for new CEO

A PAY packet worth between $250,000 and $325,000 a year is on offer as Bayswater council starts its search for a new CEO.

Councillors get to choose the new CEO, and Cr Brent Fleeton says he’s not interested in hiring anyone steeped in local government.

In sharing the job ad online he added some commentary: “In my opinion (as just one councillor voting on this) if your only previous senior management experience has been in protecting the status quo of local government I don’t want to hear from you,” he said, adding that “a truly obscene salary package (which is paid for by our ratepayers) is on offer”.

He told the Voice: “I don’t want someone who’s moving over from the Shire of Manjimup or the City of Vincent  … I do not believe that it would be a good decision to appoint someone to the CEO position who has already been a CEO of a local government”.

The city’s ad says “local government experience whilst well regarded is not essential”.

Cr Fleeton says; “I want someone innovative, I want them to be able to go into the organisation and change it to match what the community and the council expects.”

He says his personal preference is someone who can get more staff on front line services and fewer paper-shufflers.

“I’m sure we could be doing thins more efficiently … if we get a new CEO in who has a proven track record of going into organisations to improve their efficiency and output that can only be a good thing.”

The role’s being filled by acting CEO Carissa Bywater after the council decided not to renew former CEO Francesca Lefante’s contract.

by DAVID BELL

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