McArthur appointed to assist in search for new CEO

The City of Ballarat has appointed recruitment company McArthur to assist in appointing a new Chief Executive Officer.

Ten agencies were contacted in late August to provide an expression of interest and quote, including three local agencies, agencies with a presence in the Australian Local Government Job Directory and other search agencies specialising in executive recruitment.

Nine proposals were received, with one local agency declining to submit a proposal.

In accordance with the City of Ballarat’s Procurement Policy, at least three written quotes, including at least one local supplier, were obtained.

The candidate brief for the new CEO includes:

· Their term be for up to five years

· The candidate has preferably been in a previous CEO role or provided similar services, and has a detailed understanding of the Local Government Act 1989 and the Local Government Act 2020

In addition, during their term the successful candidate must:

· Ensure good governance within the organisation and at Council and Committee meetings

· Implement the action plan from an Organisational Governance and Culture Assessment currently being undertaken

· Lead, embed and model an organisational culture of integrity, transparency, innovation and service

· Work with Council to develop and agree on Council Plan priorities

· Demonstrate accountability in Council Plan implementation through public reporting on actions, progress and achievements

· Develop a Council and organisational team-based environment

The costs associated with appointing a Chief Executive Officer will be funded through existing budget.

The cost of fees for the companies invited to tender for the recruitment process ranged from $18,500 to $43,000.

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