Collie Shire Council has named an interim replacement for outgoing chief executive David Blurton and has formed a panel tasked with recruiting a new boss. Mr Blurton announced his departure for family reasons earlier this month, with director of corporate services Allison Fergie stepping into the role for at least two months. Shire president Sarah Stanley thanked Mr Blurton for his time in charge. “On behalf of council, I’d like to congratulate Mr Blurton is his efforts over the years,” she said. “He has provided steady leadership through significant challenges in a tight economic environment. We wish Mr Blurton and his family the very best for his future.” Cr Stanley also outlined what the council would be looking for in its next chief executive. “Council is looking to appoint an energetic and dynamic leader with the ability to drive and develop a culture of transformation that will deliver for our community,” she said. Mrs Fergie began acting in the role last Thursday, but will continue in her corporate services position. “Council recognises the challenges of acting in the chief executive officer role while continuing to be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the corporate services department,” Cr Stanley said. Mr Blurton began in the role in 2014 and revitalised the central building district and oversaw the expansion of Collie’s trail network as well as upgrades to the Collie Mines Workers Memorial Swimming Pool and the Collie Motorplex. He is relocating to Baldivis, where his wife works, with his family.