Full house at city

AFTER two years of battlefield promotions and a rotating cast of acting directors, Perth council will have its full executive line-up come November 4. 

At the city’s October 29 meeting chair commissioner Andrew Hammond announced new planning general manager Jayson Miragliotta would start Monday. 

CEO Murray Jorgensen has replaced five directors with four general managers, who’ll be in charge of “alliances” in an effort to get the heads of departments working together.

On the final day of public hearings at the state inquiry into the city, Cmmr Hammond said the city was “an organisation under siege” when he started on March 2 last year, with stressed staff unable to focus on customer service because of the infighting and rivalries.

Senior staff were frosty towards commissioners, he said.

Frosty

“Let’s say we didn’t walk into a congenial or productive working relationship. There was going to need to be some quite significant changes if we were going to be able to change that environment.”

Mr Jorgensen told the inquiry consultants who’d assessed the city’s “business excellence” rating put it as one of the lowest they’d encountered in Australia.

“It was a figure that was below 200 out of 1000 points,” Mr Jorgensen said.

At one time the city had two directors stretched across five roles, but Mr Jorgensen said he expected to be able to push on with his reform program now a full executive had been chosen.

Mr Miragliotta joins ex-Peppermint Grove CEO Anne Banks-McAllister (GM of community development), former Denmark shire clerk Bill Parker (GM of corporate services), and Chris Kopec (GM of infrastructure and operations, after being promoted from senior project manager).

Mr Miragliotta is an urban planner with 28 years experience across Perth, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. He formerly ran Fremantle council’s planning department.

by DAVID BELL

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