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7 April 2020
City of Kwinana’s new Chief Executive Officer, Wayne Jack, formally commenced with the City on Monday, 6 April 2020.
Mr. Jack made the difficult decision to cut his holiday with his wife short and fly directly to Perth from overseas, without returning to his home in New Zealand, to ensure he was able to make the government border closures so that he could commence with the City as soon as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following his 14 day isolation period, after touching down in Perth, Mr Jack was eager to commence at the City and assist during these difficult times, having had extensive experience in crisis managements during his career and having assisted in developing the Pandemic Plan for Central Government in New Zealand.
Chief Executive Officer, Wayne Jack said while this was an extremely unusual circumstance to be faced with and a challenging time to be commencing with any organisation, he felt well prepared for the obstacles ahead.
“My primary goals during this time are to ensure the health and welling of the staff who work for the City, enabling them to continue to deliver vital community services, and to provide support to the community and business during these tough times. Continued focus on these areas will help to provide to for the future social and economic wellbeing of the City,” he said.
“During the short time I have been here in Kwinana I have been very impressed by the natural beauty of the City, the opportunities that exist within the area and with the resounding community spirit and resilience of the Kwinana community in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Mayor Carol Adams said looking at Wayne’s experience in light of the current circumstances provided council with every confidence that he was the right choice for the City of Kwinana.
“As previously expressed, Mr Jack has an impressive list of credentials including a long legacy in local government as the Chief Executive Officer at Napier City Council, the Director of Corporate Services at Lake Macquarie City Council (NSW) followed by Yarra Ranges Council (VIC) a qualified chartered accountant, and 21 years' service in the Royal New Zealand Navy attaining the rank of Commander. All of which will put him in a good position to lead the City of Kwinana during these difficult times,” she said.