City of Bayswater begins search for new CEO

City of Bayswater begins search for new CEO

THE City of Bayswater is one step closer to hiring a new chief executive after Council decided to publicly advertise for a recruitment agency.

Council let go of chief executive Francesca Lefante in August and she is set to leave office by the end of the month.

Finance and corporate services director Carissa Bywater acted as chief executive at this week’s council meeting, where it was confirmed Ms Lefante would not attend any more meetings.

A City officer recommended Council use the State Government Common Use Agreement recruitment agencies, but Council instead decided to publicly advertise.

The agencies will have experience in senior executive search and Council will review submissions at a future council meeting.

Councillor Brent Fleeton said he liked that they would “go open market” for expressions of interest.

Resident Harry Bouzidis asked whether ratepayers would be paying for two chief executives, given Ms Lefante’s contract extended into 2017.

“What is the collateral damage to ratepayers?” he said.

Deputy Mayor Stephanie Coates, who was acting mayor at the meeting, said the City would reply in writing.