City of Bunbury appoints Alan Ferris as new chief executive officer to replace retiring Mal Osborne

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Sean Van Der WielenSouth Western Times
Alan Ferris has been appointed by the City of Bunbury as its new chief executive.
Camera IconAlan Ferris has been appointed by the City of Bunbury as its new chief executive. Credit: City of Bunbury/Supplied

The City of Bunbury’s six-month search for a new chief executive has come to an end, with Alan Ferris being appointed to the position.

In a special council meeting on Tuesday night, elected members voted to appoint the Town of Claremont’s corporate and community director as its new executive leader.

Bunbury Mayor Jaysen Miguel described the appointment as “great for the City”, noting his experience in local government, State government and the private sector.

“We’re very excited about what spin he can bring to Bunbury,” he said.

“He’s openly said he’s very keen to work with councillors, with stakeholders and most importantly with the staff.”

“We’re sure we’ve got the right person for the job.”

Mr Ferris has a lengthy resume which includes a 16-month stint as acting director general of the Department of Culture and Arts, six years as East Fremantle’s mayor and nearly four years as corporate services director at the City of Melville.

His appointment was approved unanimously, though two councillors voted against the proposed pay package.

Mr Ferris said he was “very excited” to be joining the council.

“Bunbury is a wonderful place to live, work and play, and I am looking forward to using my experience and network to identify the key opportunities,” he said.

Mr Ferris was chosen following a recruitment process by the City’s CEO selection panel, which included Mr Miguel and Deputy Mayor Tresslyn Smith alongside three other councillors and Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams.

Mr Miguel thanked the panel for their work and acknowledged the contributions of current chief executive Mal Osborne, who will retire later this year.

Mr Ferris will officially start with the City on November 13.

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