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City of Albany loses another CEO
City of Albany loses another CEO

The City of Albany will be forced to employ its sixth chief executive in the past 3 1/2 years, after its current CEO left the organisation citing "irreconcilable differences" between her and the council.

In an email to staff on Wednesday morning Faileen James, who had been the City's chief since February 2011, said after a discussion with Mayor Dennis Wellington she would be parting ways with the City.

The resignation is the latest in a long line of departures at the City of Albany, which has faced a string of governance issues over the past 3 1/2 years.

In April 2010, councillors voted to terminate the contract of former chief executive Paul Richards and offer him a $250,000 payout to avoid a lengthy legal battle.

The decision was slammed by ratepayers at the time, and came alongside bullying claims from Mr Richards against former City employees.

After returning to the UK, Mr Richards is now working for the Northern Territory government.

Ms James began working as chief executive for the City of Albany in February 2011 after leaving her post as an executive director for Queensland Health.

Ms James was the fifth chief executive at the City since December 2008, following on from the temporary tenures of former Victoria Park chief executive John Bonker and a fill-in role by City of Albany employee Peter Madigan.

The West Australian

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