So Canning’s all-over-the-place CEO selection process is over.
Update: Mr Kyron’s current council, Waverley, NSW, is facing merger under local govt reform (below)
In what appears to have been a secret Special Council Meeting held on 12 April 2016 (certainly there was and remains no sign on the Council’s website that it ever occurred), Mr Kyron was endorsed.
Not only was this meeting kept from the public, half the CEO selection panel nicked off during the process, including Deputy Mayor and endless critic of the former council, Lindsay Holland, who was on official Leave of Absence from 16 March to 15 April 2016 and surely, from an ethical standpoint, should not have been involved in interviews to select a CEO during this time, if he wasn’t even planning to be there for his ratepayers?
Nonetheless, despite CEO Russell saying no interviews had been conducted as at 1 April, while Cr. Holland remained away, suddenly interviews have concluded and we have a new CEO.
Mr Kyron, for his part, describes the new Council as progressive – well, it hasn’t shown itself to be yet and posts to come will reveal that not much has actually changed at Canning – but hopefully a new CEO can seize the day and run a broom through Canning’s existing directors (who have largely been at Canning before, during and after the years of investigations), and whose contracts are rumoured to be up in 2017 (when Canning was expected to have been fully absorbed in to four other councils).
Interestingly, the council Mr Kyron is about to leave (Waverley, NSW) is facing local govt reform itself, in which several councils are proposed to be merged. Mr Kyron was CEO of Town of Victoria Park prior to this appt.
Existing CEO Lyn Russell, whose contract was never likely to be extended at Canning, will not be involved in any handover to Mr Kyron, who commences three weeks after her contract is up (unless the people of Canning will be expected to pay a mighty large amount to have two [CEOs] on the payroll, after her contract expires 4 June).
It is not yet known if the new Council will hold back endorsing the 2016/17 City of Canning budget until Mr Kyron has had an opportunity to apply his expertise to the troubling aspects of Canning’s budgets in recent years, including the massive increase in cost of staff and the failing viability of its Care Services division.
But what really matters now, Ladies & Gentlemen – We welcome Canning’s new Chief Executive, Mr Arthur Kyron.
Mr Kyron’s LinkedIn: https://au.linkedin.com/in/arthur-kyron-69908a64
City of Canning’s media release HERE
Photo: Sourced from LinkedIn