MELVILLE council CEO Shayne Silcox has announced he is retiring from the role at the end of July.
Dr Silcox has been CEO for a decade, but in the last year has led an organisation under pressure over a WA government inquiry and a revolt from a large section of ratepayers opposed to a wave park in Alfred Cove.
Mayor Russell Aubrey said it was a shame the recent controversies had overshadowed Dr Silcox’s achievements.
“It’s a huge shame that in recent years our great achievements have largely gone unrecognised and that Shayne’s role in getting us to the top—and keeping us there, has not been appreciated as the huge achievement that it is,” Mr Aubrey said.
“When he came to us we were dealing with many challenges as a local government authority— not least of which was a global financial crisis.
“His leadership has moved us forward with the major issues he inherited now resolved.”
Councillor Tim Barling agreed, noting that Melville was facing million-dollar losses from its investments when Dr Silcox arrived, but in the last two years had topped a statewide ranking that measured the financial sustainability of councils.
He said at a recent budget meeting, there was an indication Melville would be keeping its rate increase to 0.9 per cent, less then half the average across the metropolitan area.
“Some people haven’t agreed with some of his decisions, but overall in the 10 years he has been here, there have been some incredible achievement in terms of environmental issues, and that’s to be applauded,” Cr Barling told the Herald.
As Dr Silcox announced his retirement to staff on Thursday afternoon, he was presented with a 10-year service award by Mr Aubrey.
He also received a Commonwealth public service medal in 2012, as well as a swag of other achievements including WA local government CEO of the year and a WALGA distinguished officers award.
Dr Silcox said he was proud of the council and its staff.
“In retiring from my CEO career, I will especially miss my dedicated and valued colleagues who have worked hard to help develop the city and provide excellence to the Melville community,” he said.
“I would also like to acknowledge the importance of good working relationships between myself, Mayor Aubrey and councillors in achieving great outcomes for the city.”
by STEVE GRANT