New CEO of Canning is Arthur Kyron

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.

Arthur Kyron

Mr Kyron’s LinkedIn:

City of Canning’s media release HERE

Photo: Sourced from LinkedIn



3 thoughts on “New CEO of Canning is Arthur Kyron

  1. Hi Diana – great article

    You could have added after “Mr Kyron was CEO of Town of Victoria Park prior to this appt”, that he also resigned from there after the Town of Victoria Park faced local government reform/amalgamation.

    One of Mr Kyron’s first moves once becoming the CEO of Canning Council will be to change the names of the various departments within the administration. This will be consistent with what he implemented at the Vic Park & Waverley Councils. So departments traditionally known & recognised by ratepayers such as Planning, Building, Health, Engineering, Community Development, Waste, Parks & Gardens etc will all rebranded and the CoC Directors will become the:

    Director of Future & Built Life
    Director of Business Life
    Director of Community Life
    Director of Renew Life
    Director of Corporate Life

    I am sure he will claim to Canning Councilors & staff that this is a new & bold initiative that he is implementing, but really it is just a repeat of what he has done before which only served to create confusion amongst ratepayers & probably staff alike!




    1. I remember the changes at Vic Park!

      Its possible Arthur Kyron is moving on from Waverley now because it is due to be merged, so I believe, with two other councils. The previous CEO of Canning, Mark Dacombe, tried to do some sort of renewal or refreshing at Canning, I think it foundered and ultimately the council moved to drop it.

      Poor old staff! I get the impression they’ve been through so much change in the last several years with all these aspirations thrust upon them.


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