Director role lost in Shire reshuffle

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The Shire of Denmark council has voted in favour of removing the role of director of community and regulatory services as part of a restructure of the Shire’s executive.

The reshuffle means the current director Gregg Harwood, who has been an employee of the Shire for the past decade, will not have his contract renewed next year.

Shire chief executive Bill Parker said the existing structure needed adjustments.

“Since commencing in August, 2016, I have had concerns that the current structure does not provide the best opportunity to address the needs of the community in a holistic way,” he said

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“The restructure seeks to redistribute resources to improve service delivery across the organisation.

“Moving forward, all development services staff will reside in a single development-focused team, which is a similar model used by other local governments.”

Mr Parker praised Mr Harwood for his service to the Shire.

“Gregg is an experienced, enthusiastic and loyal employee who has worked at the Shire of Denmark for the last 10 years,” he said.

“The decision to remove the position and therefore not renew Mr Harwood’s contract was a very difficult one.”

The Shire will also employ consultancy firm Planning Context to review its development services.

Mr Parker indicated the review would focus on planning, building and environmental health services.

“This independent review is an excellent opportunity for the Shire to assess our performance,” he said.

“The review will include meetings with key stakeholders, councillors and staff to identify areas for improvement.

“The councillors and executive staff will also participate in a comprehensive training program which will cover roles and responsibilities, the purpose of planning and how the process of planning is managed in order to meet the expectations of the community.”

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