AFTER 15 years of service to the Harvey Shire Council, chief executive officer Michael Parker will be leaving in August to take on a role at the City of Rockingham.

Mr Parker will take up the chief executive officer position at Rockingham from August 6 on a five-year contract, replacing Andrew Hammond.

Mayor Barry Sammels said “The search for a suitable candidate has been a long and involved one, with many steps to be taken.  But Council is very confident we have found the ideal person for this very important role.”

At the first ordinary general meeting following outgoing CEO Andrew Hammond’s resignation on 20 November 2017 the City appointed a CEO Recruitment Committee comprising Mayor Barry Sammels, Deputy Mayor Deb Hamblin, and Councillors Chris Elliot and Joy Stewart.

Lester Blades Executive Search was engaged to assist with the search for a suitable candidate.  A total of 67 applications were received from around Australia.

Six candidates were interviewed by the CEO Recruitment Committee. At a special meeting on 19 April Council resolved to authorise Mayor Sammels to commence negotiations with the preferred candidate regarding the contractual details and remuneration package.

“We are delighted to have found a candidate of Michael’s calibre who has the experience and the enthusiasm to fill the requirements of this role.

“We are looking forward to his contribution to the City over coming years.”

Mr Parker said it had been a privilege to serve the Shire of Harvey in one of the most diverse local governments in the State.

“It’s always difficult to leave when you are enjoying the job, where you live and the people you work with, however opportunities such as this one don’t come up very often,” he said.

“The role at the City of Rockingham presents a new challenge at a larger organisation and comes at a time that fits my career and family circumstances.”

Mr Parker said he was proud of the many major infrastructure projects that had been delivered in his time while a strong financial position was maintained, including the Harvey War Memorial, the Binningup Water Sports Facility, Australind Foreshore Redevelopment, Brunswick River Cottages, Myalup Community Centre and new bushfire brigade stations.

“It has been great to be a part of a real team effort at the Shire of Harvey and this was never more apparent than during the chal- lenge of the 2016 Waroona-Yarloop-Harvey bushfire event and recovery, where our staff really stepped up whilst continuing to provide our day-to-day operations for the rest of the shire,” he said.

Harvey shire president Tania Jackson thanked Mr Parker for his service to the shire over a period of important changes and growth.

“We would like to acknowledge that Michael has put in fantastic leadership in a significant period of growth,” he said.

“Council and staff wish him well.”

Cr Jackson said the council would go through the process of looking for a new chief executive officer in the coming months.