City of Perth CEO Gary Stevenson Sacked By Mutual Consent

City of Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi at the press conference this afternoon.
City of Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi at the press conference this afternoon.

THE City of Perth has dismissed chief executive Gary Stevenson by ‘mutual consent’ with more than a year left to run in his contract.

All nine councillors attended a special meeting at 9.30am today, which Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said was scheduled last night.

“We have made a decision as a council we would like a new direction within our executive team,” she said.

“It was (based on) mutual consent and we’re moving forward.”

Ms Scaffidi said council’s unanimous decision to terminate Mr Stevenson’s contract was “not at all” based on his performance.

“The decision was not sudden or ill-considered and we’re satisfied with the decision.

“Obviously the issues of the last 12 months are still being sorted out from my perspective – personally it’s been a very interesting time and a learning curb for me (in terms of meaning of governance issues) and I’m looking forward to that being concluded.”

Ms Scaffidi said the decision to dismiss Mr Stevenson, who was on a five-year contract that started in 2012, was “completely unrelated” to the travel and gift controversy late last year.

“We wish to thank Mr Gary Stevenson for his incredible service during particularly local government reform time we went through last year – we want to thank him for that service and wish him well.”