The appointment of Mr Kosova (38), who made a name for himself as the City of Wanneroo’s planning and sustainability director, follows the departure of John Giorgi earlier this year.
Vincent Mayor John Carey said Mr Kosova was the outstanding applicant in a field of 53, and highlighted his record of driving change.
‘We didn’t want to necessarily recycle, we wanted someone who was stepping up who we saw as a future leader in local government,’ he said.
Mr Kosova has extensive experience in local government, having worked as a Wanneroo director for the past five years and having previously worked at the City of Gosnells and Shire of Mundaring in director and executive positions.
‘The critical thing we wanted in this new chief executive was an individual who understood the need for innovation and creative thinking and how to drive it,’ Mr Carey said.
Mr Kosova has been employed on a two-year contract and total annual salary package worth $289,000 ” less than Mr Giorgi’s $309,809 package.
Mr Kosova said his time at Wanneroo was focused on making its City a recognised leader in planning, which he hoped he could achieve at Vincent. ‘I am really passionate about making a difference, creating an environment where elected members have trust and faith in the work administration is doing, they are confident in the information they are getting because it is timely and accurate,’ he said.
Mr Kosova said impending local government reform would not change his focus.
‘It is important to recognise that regardless of the entities that may or may not be created in the future people are still going to be living here, they are still going to need services, they will still need their bins collected and their plan approvals and everything else,’ he said.
Wanneroo chief executive Daniel Simms said Mr Kosova had a record as a talented planner and progressive leader. ‘As a member of the City of Wanneroo’s executive team, and as the City’s planning and sustainability director, Len made a positive and lasting difference to the community of Wanneroo,’ he said.