Longstanding Shire of Capel chief executive officer Paul Sheedy announced his resignation last week, after 16 years in the position and 20 years at the shire.
Mr Sheedy surprised councillors and staff when he tendered his resignation prior to the September 2017 Council meeting.
Mr Sheedy’s last day at the Shire will be on June 29, 2018 which will allow adequate time for the council to recruit a new chief executive officer prior to his departure.
Mr Sheedy said it was time to allow somebody else to take the organisation to the next phase.
“There are many exciting projects happening in the shire over the next four to six years and it is important that the CEO of the shire leads the organisation through this whole period,” Mr Sheedy said.
“Given that I will be 64 next year I cannot commit to this length of time, so it is time to move onto the next phase of my life.”
Mr Sheedy will not be lost to the local government industry as he intends to move to Perth and undertake CEO relief duties throughout the state as the opportunities arise.
Council is currently seeking quotations from several recruitment agencies to assist in the recruit process, with a recruitment committee comprising of the President, Deputy President and two councillors being appointed at the special council meeting in October after the local government elections.
Council is expected to commence the recruitment advertising process in December with an appointment to be made in March 2018 to allow for a smooth transition before the current CEO’s departure.