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Neil Hartley.
Neil Hartley.

A decision on whether to replace Mr Hartley will be taken in the coming weeks, with the volatility of the role due to local government reform of chief concern.

Mr Hartley has been in the role for eight years, has worked in local government for 36 years, and has accepted a new position as chief executive of the Shire of Ashburton in the Pilbara.

Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said his last day would be October 17. ‘Mr Hartley has made it clear that while he had hoped to continue at Kwinana for the remainder of his working career, the uncertainty regarding his job security as a result of the local government reform process has made him look elsewhere, a decision that we fully understand and one he was free to make,’ she said.

‘Since Neil took over the reins at the city, a phenomenal amount has been achieved and our local government has improved beyond recognition.

‘He has played the pivotal role in the revitalisation of our city centre, has worked well with the councillors and has greatly enhanced the amenity of the city, which has gone a long way to enhancing the city’s reputation.’