Quick falling out

TEAM Scaffidi might’ve hoped for a friendly face in the CEO’s chair when Martin Mileham was appointed, but the inquiry into Perth council revealed this week the relationship soon soured.

Mr Mileham was appointed acting CEO in January 2016. He’d headed up the city’s planning department, which came under scrutiny with two councillors and a former city director saying it looked like a property part-owned by lord mayor Lisa Scaffidi got “special treatment” which delayed a heritage listing.

But within six months, any notion of a patsy CEO were blown away.

In mid-2016 Ms Scaffidi wanted to hand the keys to the city to bearded Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov, who was in town after circumnavigating the globe in a hot air balloon.

Mr Mileham didn’t think he’d done enough for Perth to warrant the honour, and during a tense phone call with the lord mayor he noted she made reference to “the next CEO”.

He was still probationary at the time.

by DAVID BELL

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