City of Melville appoints new technical services director


South West Group director Mick McCarthy was on Tuesday selected as Melville’s new technical services director. Picture: LinkedIn.
South West Group director Mick McCarthy was on Tuesday selected as Melville’s new technical services director. Picture: LinkedIn.

CITY of Melville has filled its technical services director role with a familiar face, Mick McCarthy.

Mr McCarthy, South West Group (SWG) director for the last six years, was endorsed by councillors behind closed doors at a meeting on Tuesday night.

He moves into the role vacated by John Christie, who left his post on October 27 after nine years to become Belmont chief executive.

Mr McCarthy said he was looking forward to the new challenge.

“This (role) provides me with career progression,” he said.

“I’m excited to be working with larger teams and contributing to positive outcomes for Melville.”

In a report to councillors, employee services officer Nicholas Olds said five applicants were interviewed from a shortlist of 37 for the job, which has a remuneration package of up to $265,000 per annum.

Mr McCarthy’s role, which was described by Mr Christie as “diverse”, includes responsibility for roads, drainage, footpaths, street lighting, underground power, engineering design, City buildings, public open spaces and more.

Mr Olds said his recommended choice had the qualifications and was well versed in strategic planning, policy formulation, project management, regional planning and community consultation.”

“The recommended applicant has had 25 years experience in environmental management, regional development and waste management and held senior appointment in these areas since 2005,” Mr Olds said in his report.

Mr McCarthy is expected to commence with the City once his three-month notice period with the SWG runs its course.

The SWG is a regional organisation of councils featuring Cockburn, East Fremantle, Fremantle, Kwinana, Melville and Rockingham.

It works with different levels of government, industry, business and community to promote economic development in the region.

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