Queenslander Gary Stevenson has been appointed as the new chief executive of the City of Perth.
Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi announced the appointment last night, saying Mr Stevenson would guide the City through its next “exciting period of growth”.
Mr Stevenson, 52, replaces Frank Edwards, who has held the position since 2002 and announced his retirement from the City in May.
The father-of-four is from Thornlands and previously held the position of chief executive at Redland City Council in south-east Queensland for four years.
He has 31 years experience in local government, 17 of which were as a chief executive of three different councils in Queensland and Victoria.
From the late 80s to 1991, Mr Stevenson worked in WA at the Town of Albany as the deputy director and then director of works and technical services.
Ms Scaffidi said Mr Stevenson’s considerable expertise would be important in the administration delivering on the Council’s goals and objectives.
“We are very much looking forward to him starting later in the year and congratulate him on this highly regarded appointment,” Ms Scaffidi said.Mr Stevenson said he looked forward to leading a dynamic local government authority in the nation’s
fastest-growing capital city and the challenges it would bring.
“Perth is recognised both nationally and internationally as a progressive and exciting world city in a State that is leading the national in terms of development and economic prosperity,” Mr Stevenson said.
“It’s vital that the city benefits from these favourable economic times so that there is a lasting legacy for future generations.
“The more pressing challenge is to ensure that the city has the necessary services, facilities and attractions to cater for the forecast population growth.”Mr Edwards will finish work at the City on September 21, while Mr Stevenson will start in late October.
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