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Albany Advertiser
Denmark Shire Council CEO Bill Parker.
Camera IconDenmark Shire Council CEO Bill Parker. Credit: Picture: Laurie Benson, Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

After working as the Shire of Denmark executive officer for the past three years, Bill Parker has announced his resignation today in order to pursue a new career in the City of Perth.

Starting from October, Mr Parker will start his new role with the City of Perth as its General Manager of Corporate Services Alliance.

He said the decision was difficult to make, especially after the Shire’s was ranked as the second- highest performing local government in the Great Southern in the recent community survey.

“The opportunity to live and work in Denmark has been wonderful from both a personal and professional perspective,” he said.

“In partnership with the elected group we have built a great team.”

Mr Parker joined the Denmark Shire team at a tumultuous time, after its previous executive officer stepped down from the role due after serious allegations and legal dispute were made against his governance.

Mr Parker said it was a very challenging time to start the role, but he was proud with how far the Shire has grown over the past three years.

“Our staff are highly motivated and we genuinely want to make Denmark a better place to live,” he said.

“I’ve been very fortunate to work with such a great group of people.”

Deputy Shire President Cr Peter Caron have also announced his resignation today to pursue a new job overseas.

Mr Parker said it is an honour to be appointed to the position at the City of Perth and is looking forward to complementing the other members of the City’s new leadership team.

City of Perth Chief Executive Officer Murray Jorgensen said Mr Parker is an exceptional leader who has had first-hand experience in rebuilding two local government authorities in the past by improving organisational culture, and resolving performance inefficiencies and shortcomings.

“With more than 16 years of local government experience, Mr Parker was the stand out candidate for the role,” Mr Jorgensen said.

“I am excited at the prospect of Mr Parker starting with the City to assist us in our corporate recovery rebuild, given the historical state of affairs and more recent challenges facing the City.”

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