CITY of Bayswater are a step closer to appointing a new chief executive after council conducted a final interview with its preferred candidate at last night’s special meeting.
Council parted ways with former chief executive Francesca Lefante last August, with finance and corporate services director Carissa Bywater acting as chief executive since September.
In January, six councillors formed a selection panel to work with Beilby Consulting to help secure the City’s next chief executive.
The panel members included Crs Sally Palmer, Alan Radford, Catherine Ehrhardt, Dan Bull, Barry McKenna and Chris Cornish.
Mayor Barry McKenna said council held the meeting behind closed doors and interviewed the preferred candidate put forward by the panel.
“Following the interview, council resolved to enter into contract negotiations with the preferred candidate,” he said.
“Should the contract negotiations prove successful, the next step will be for council to consider and confirm the appointment.
“Subject to finalising the negotiations, council will consider the appointment at the ordinary council meeting being held on Tuesday, March 28.”
The successful applicant will be offered a five-year contract and paid $250,000-$325,000 per year, including car and superannuation.
The chief executive selection and recruitment process has cost $35,000 and included psychometric testing.