BAYSWATER council will lose CEO Andrew Brien who formally tendered his resignation one day before the final meeting of 2021.
After four years at Bayswater Mr Brien will take up a new gig as CEO at Kalgoorlie-Boulder, serving his last day at Bayswater February 25.
Councillors scrambled at the December 7 meeting to get through several items of urgent business, including setting up a CEO recruitment committee and to set the wheels in motion to find an external consultant to help them find a replacement CEO.
In a December 6 letter to mayor Filomena Piffaretti, Mr Brien referred to advising the mayor last week of his decision and said “it is with extreme reluctance that I am formally tendering my resignation as Chief Executive Officer with the City of Bayswater.
“As I have previously advised, this decision is not one that I have made lightly and whilst I was very much looking forward to working with you and your team over the next two years, an opportunity to move back into regional local government is something that I am passionate about.”
Mr Brien previously served as Bunbury CEO.
It’s tough timing as Cr Piffaretti is only six weeks into her role after winning a 6:5 vote to take the mayoral chains from Cr Dan Bull.
Mr Brien made clear he’d made this decision before October’s election.
“I have enjoyed the working relationship with yourself, firstly as the deputy mayor and more recently as the mayor and have really appreciated the support that you have provided to me.
“In our discussions over the last few weeks I have made it clear that this is a decision that was made prior to the local government elections and this was confirmed with the timeframes around the recruitment process for the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.”
He said he’d miss the executive team, the staff, and “the opportunity to work with you as mayor in taking the council forward over the next few years. In the last month there has already been a positive change in focus and direction of the council and I believe that this will continue to provide the momentum that is required to take the city to the next level, this shift in focus has made my decision to resign even more difficult”.
Mr Brien acknowledged his resignation would cause challenges and said he’d step up admin support for the mayor and councillors to ease the transition.
He’ll be on the same band of pay in Kalgoorlie-Boulder with a total package between $250,000 and $379,000 – likely to be on the upper end of that.
They’ve given him a five-year contract and Mr Brien is replacing John Walker, who left in October after being suspended for workplace misconduct allegations.
by DAVID BELL