Shire of York chief executive farewelled; recruitment process taking place

Shire of York chief executive Paul Martin has been farewelled by councillors and staff as he completed his last day in his position.

Mr Martin leaves his role to become chief executive at the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale commencing at the end of September.

Shire president David Wallace wished Mr Martin the best for the future.

"Paul's efforts here in York over the past three and half years are greatly appreciated by me, my fellow councillors, the staff and the wider York community," he said.

"He joined us at a time when there was a lot of work needed to bring the Shire up to the standard expected of a local government and he's worked tirelessly to achieve those improvements.

"We wish Paul all the best for this new career opportunity and thank him for his significant contribution to York during his time here re-establishing York as a vibrant events town."

At a special council meeting held on September 11, council voted for executive manager, corporate and community services Suzie Haslehurst to be acting chief executive from September 14 to 29 followed by Mark Dacombe from September 30 to October 13.

Mr Dacombe was acting chief executive of the Shire of York prior to the appointment of Mr Martin and has since held several similar positions.

Council has appointed ex-Shire of East Pilbara chief executive Allen Cooper as acting chief executive from October 14 to December 20.

Mr Cooper has recently been acting chief executive at Shire of Quairading and Shire of Dumbleyung.

Mr Wallace said council believed Mr Cooper would be a good fit for the organisation until a new chief executive is appointed and can commence.

Council also approved the Advertising Package for the new chief executive and WALGA Recruitment has now commenced advertising the position.

It is expected that the recruitment process will take at least eight to ten weeks.