MELVILLE council’s recruitment plans for a new CEO have apparently been disrupted by an email to potential candidates by the former head of the local ratepayers association.
Gary Crawford sent the email to dozens of the state’s senior bureaucrats telling them the city’s recruitment advert wasn’t painting an accurate picture of a city in crisis.
“It is the most complained about metropolitan council by a country mile,” Mr Crawford wrote in the email.
Noting that former CEO Shayne Silcox lodged five complaints against councillors with the local government standards panel in the weeks before his departure, Mr Crawford said there was an environment of toxicity at the council.
“The City of Melville is in no better condition than AMP – it is an organisation which has been built on spin and illusion and the community is tearing its veneer.”
The Herald was told by a source within council that following the email, the recruitment company reported a unusual drop in interest from candidates.
Acting mayor Nicole Robins wouldn’t comment on whether Mr Crawford’s interference had affected the recruitment process, but said the city was committed to seeing it through.
But the email brought a response from Canning council’s CEO Arthur Kyron, who says he’d started in local government on the same day as Dr Silcox in 1997 and knew he had a commitment to doing the best for his community.
by STEVE GRANT