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Search for CEO begins

THE City of Swan has allocated $60,000 for its nation-wide search for a new chief executive.

The chief executive position became vacant in April after the sudden resignation of Jeremy Edwards.

Mr Edwards had only held the position for 15 months after the resignation of long-term chief executive Mike Foley in 2020.

Mr Edwards will formally vacate the role  at Swan in July when he starts his new job as the chief executive at the City of Bayswater.

The hunt for a new chief executive will now begin after Swan Council went behind closed doors last week at a special meeting to approve the candidate selection panel, budget for the recruitment process and position description and job critera.

The selection panel is made up of five elected members and one independent.

Mayor David Lucas, deputy mayor Mel Congerton, and councillors Aaron Bowman, Rod Henderson and Rashelle Predovnik were appointed by council to the selection panel unanimously.

Former City of Melville chief executive Dr Shayne Silcox was appointed the independent panel member 13/1 with Cr Jennifer Catalano against.

According to the meeting minutes, Cr Catalano left the meeting before council voted 8/5 to tender HR consultant and recruitment company Lester Blades to assist council in its decision and approve up to $60,000 for the recruitment process.

Those against the above motion were Crs Aaron Bowman, Sarah Howlett, Ian Johnson, Dave Knight and Tanya Richardson.

Another report is expected to come to council next month to appoint an acting or temporary chief executive.

By Claire Ottaviano

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