Goode signs on until 2017

Stephen Goode.
Stephen Goode.

Councillors completed the chief executive’s annual review behind closed doors at a meeting last month, where they changed the end date of his contract from 2016 to 2017.

Mr Goode admitted that he had been head-hunted but agreed to stay with Claremont because ‘I got asked’ and he felt obliged to see Claremont through this time of uncertainty.

‘You either do not connect with a council or you do and I do with Claremont,’ he said.

‘You get a feeling that you are part of it.

‘If there is going to be reform (for Claremont), I would like to get it right.’

Mr Goode acted in the chief executive role from December 2009 before agreeing to put his business ” Stephen Goode Consulting ” on the backburner and take on the role permanently.

The Town renewed his contract for four years at $234,555 annually in May last year.

The Salaries and Allowances Tribunal lists Claremont as a band three council that can pay its chief executive up to $245,550.

Mr Goode, who lives in Mandurah, said he had discussed taking on the role for three years with his wife Shirley and they agreed, as a family, to accept another four years.

He stays in Perth on Monday and Tuesday nights and uses the train to work on other days.

Since Local Government Minister Tony Simpson announced boundary changes in July, Mr Goode said he had spent 30 per cent of his working day on amalgamation-related issues and had not been to the gym since that day.

Ironically, Mr Goode completed a minor thesis on merging the western suburbs councils for a Diploma of Local Government Tafe course in 1978.

He said the Governor would issue orders on amalgamations, which could include merging the seven western suburbs councils, in August next year.

However, the plan to implement new councils between August and July 1, 2015 would be near impossible, he said.