• Shire welcomes new CEO

    The Shire of Ashburton has welcomed in the new year with Mr Rob Paull commencing in the role of Chief Executive Officer.

    Shire President Kerry White said that with over 30 years’ experience in Local Government and the private sector, along with high level of qualifications, Mr Paull is well suited to the Shire of Ashburton’s financial and strategic directions.

    “Council is very pleased to welcome Mr Paull to the Shire and we are confident his career experience will be an asset to the Shire’s operations,” said Cr White. “We would also like to extend our thanks to Dale Stewart for his efforts in managing this Shire’s operations over the last year.”

    Mr Paull commenced in the role on Monday 8 January 2018 and has been busy immersing himself in the Shire’s daily operations.

    “I am honoured to be offered the opportunity to assist Council as the Shire continues to work hard to achieve positive outcomes for each of our towns and communities.”

    “The Shire of Ashburton is in a very unique position where it has a significant income, small population and localised issues, all spread across four towns each with its own identity.  This presents both opportunities and challenges and I look forward to working closely with our stakeholders and communities.”

    “As with starting any new role, my initial focus is on reviewing the Shire’s expenditure, operational procedures and governance. My goal is to ensure we are operating effectively, efficiently and transparently and to provide Council with the necessary information to make decisions.”

    “Over the coming months I look forward to meeting residents, and the wider community, in each of our towns so they can inform me of their needs and we can work together for the betterment of our Shire.” 

    Prior to joining the Shire Mr Paull was CEO of the Shire of Corrigin and has worked extensively with Local Government Authorities across Western Australia providing specialist consultancy advice in Town Planning.  This includes six years working with the Shire of Ashburton, as well as the Gascoyne, Wheatbelt and South West region.

    “My career experience in planning and development has provided me with a valuable understanding of, and a passion for, proper land use, consultation, relationship building and development. 

    “Since commencing in the role, the most common question is why I decided to come back to Tom Price” said Mr Paull.  “The answer is easy, because I honestly love the Pilbara.”

    Mr Paull commended Acting CEO Dale Stewart for his efforts in keeping the Shire’s operations running smoothly throughout last year while Council completed the recruitment process.

    “The Shire of Ashburton is in a great position, with great people and an amazing landscape, and I look forward to making a valuable contribution as we continue to achieve positive outcomes for our communities.”

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