Giorgi crosses boundary to Cambridge

Mr Giorgi started as the Town’s Local Government Reform Director last week and has been contracted for six months.

In that time, he will also act as infrastructure director when Chris Colyer takes long service leave in August-September.

Cambridge chief executive Jason Buckley said Mr Giorgi was recruited for his local government experience.

Mr Giorgi left the City of Vincent in March this year after serving as its chief executive for 20 years, when the council decided not to renew his contract, which would have expired at the end of the year.

‘The Town is very pleased to have a local government executive of Mr Giorgi’s calibre and experience on board, to assist with what will possibly be the most significant and important change ever to our organisation and the Cambridge community,’ Mr Buckley said.

The role would focus on pre-planning for possible council boundary changes proposed by the State Government.

‘With the State Government requiring councils affected by the reform process to undertake work to prepare for council mergers, the town has recognised the need to appoint staff to assist with this work,’ he said.

Mr Buckley said the position was not advertised as it was temporary and Mr Giorgi’s salary would be consistent with that of other Town directors which is between $180,000 and $200,000 per annum.

Cambridge Mayor Simon Withers said Mr Giorgi’s expertise in compliance would be an asset to the Town.

‘In addition, there is a lot of work we have to do to prepare for local government reform. He will be working on that,’ he said.

Perth chief executive Gary Stevenson said the City had recently appointed a transition project officer to coordinate council reform tasks as a part of phase of the transition framework outlined by Reform Tool-kit.

‘The working groups consist of staff members with expertise, or an interest in, the specified areas,’ he said. ‘This task is being carried out in conjunction with normal duties. However, the working groups are required to document the time and cost of their activities.’

Claremont chief executive Stephen Goode said Cambridge had made a ‘wise’ move preparing for what looked to be inevitable change ‘coming our way’.

But he said Claremont would not consider creating a similar position while a decision on amalgamation was still uncertain.

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