Local government changes staff structure

Town of Bassendean's new corporate services director Paul White.
Town of Bassendean's new corporate services director Paul White.

THE Town of Bassendean has undergone a major restructure in its senior management team.

The number of directors have dropped from four to two, with the new roles being a community planning director and a corporate services director.

Accountant Paul White was the first addition to the team as corporate services director and started in the role on June 17.

The Town is still recruiting a community planning director and infrastructure executive manager.

Long-time community development director Graeme Haggart and operational services director Simon Stewart-Dawkins left the Town earlier this month.

Meanwhile, former corporate services director Michael Costarella resigned in February.

Strategic planning director Anthony Dowling’s contract also finished up recently.

Chief executive Peta Mabbs said there would be a bigger focus on governance, place making, infrastructure and the community.

“Based on extensive consultation with the community, staff, councillors and other stakeholders, I am confident the changes will deliver significant improvements over time,” she said.

Ms Mabbs said the changes would translate to greater value for the community.

The council previously asked Ms Mabbs to deliver an appropriate structure which ensured high performance, created a more unified organisation, drive performance and promote a community focus.

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