ONE of Perth’s highest paid and longest serving council chief executives has had his contract extended.
Stirling council voted behind closed doors at its February 11 meeting to give Stuart Jardine another two years in the top job, taking him through to April 2023.
Mr Jardine was appointed in 2007, making him one of the longest serving current chief executives.
Cockburn chief executive Stephen Cain took the job in 2004 and Daniel Simms, who recently had his contract extended to 2024, has led Wanneroo since 2008.
The trio can be paid above what is set out under the Local Government Salaries and Allowances Act because they were appointed before October 19, 2011.
Mr Jardine will continue on his $392,212 annual remuneration package, which comprises $325,379 base salary, superannuation and contribution, car use value and professional membership fees.
Mr Cain and Mr Simms have higher base salaries, earning up to $379,000 and $369,000 respectively.
The other biggest earner is Joondalup chief executive Garry Hunt, whose total remuneration per year is $379,352.
Stirling mayor Mark Irwin said the extension would “continue the City’s stability” and he looked forward to continuing his strong working relationship with Mr Jardine.
“This is a strong endorsement of Stuart’s standing within the sector and his performance for the community of Stirling,” he said.
“We all look forward to working together over the next three years to deliver the strategic community plan and ensure a high level of service for everyone who chooses to work, live and recreate within the City.”