Kingston CEO heads north

Kingston District Council CEO Andrew MacDonald will take up the same role with Wakefield Regional Council.
Kingston District Council CEO Andrew MacDonald will take up the same role with Wakefield Regional Council.

Wakefield Regional Council is set to have three Chief Executive Officers in the space of three weeks before a permanent appointment fills the role.

Current acting CEO Steven Griffiths finished up in his role with Council on March 22 and at a special Council meeting on Monday night, his replacement was decided.

Nominated by Mayor Rodney Reid, Mark McShane will dip his toes back into local government after recently retiring from his role as CEO of the City of Mount Gambier.

However due to personal reasons, Mr McShane will not start in the role until April 1.

With an ordinary Council meeting scheduled for next Wednesday and a CEO needed, one of Wakefield's managers will fill in as a stop-gap until Mr McShane takes the helm.

Mr McShane was willing to take the job on the condition that he could spend four days in the office and one out of it to spend time with family at Mt Gambier.

Alternatively, he was willing to work five days in the office but use Monday and Friday as half days for travel.

Mayor Reid said Mr McShane was willing to stay in Balaklava during the week at his own cost and not that of Council.

Councilor Peter Bowyer spoke on the motion, saying he was happy to support it.

"It is an incredible offer for someone to consider coming from that far away, up and back, each week," he said.

"Clearly the person is willing to make a commitment to do that, so i think that is an indication that he is very keen on helping us out."

Elected members also voted on the appointment of Kingston District Council CEO Andrew MacDonald as the new permanent CEO of WRC going forward.

Mr MacDonald has been in his current role since May 2014 and has previously held managerial roles with Adelaide City Council and City of Onkaparinga.

Mayor Reid said in a statement that Mr MacDonald would bring fresh energy to Council.

"During his time at Kingston, Andrew has created a high performing and respected organisation with a strong collaborative culture and effective workforce," Mayor Reid said.

"Andrew showed himself to be a real 'people person' - a passionate leader who engages effectively with all stakeholders, including politicians, Elected Members, key stakeholders and the wider community.

"Council was exceptionally impressed by Andrew's knowledge of our region and our challenges and opportunities, as well as his commitment to become part of the Wakefield community."

Mr MacDonald's official start date was to be confirmed in the coming days.

Monday's special Council meeting was the last for the outgoing Mr Griffiths.

Mayor Reid acknowledged his commitment to the role in such a short space of time during the meeting.

"We thank you for your input, your willingness to come and work with us and for us in this Council," he said.

"You have gained the respect of the elected members, you have gained the respect of staff and of those in the general community as well.

"We do wish you well with the appointment in your new placement."

In response, Mr Griffiths said he loved his time in the role and stated that it brought him back to his roots.

Mr Griffiths received a round of applause from those in attendance at Phil Barry Chambers before the meeting was closed.