Graeme Mackenzie

Fremantle Council in WA is searching for a new chief executive following current CEO Graeme Mackenzie announcing his intention to retire in 2016, following 42 years in the local government sector.

Fremantle Mayor Dr Brad Pettitt said he was grateful for Mr Mackenzie’s over the past 15 years.

“Fremantle Council is extremely grateful for Graeme’s commitment in creating a stronger Fremantle. His experience, stability, and leadership have been an essential part of Fremantle’s revitalisation journey. We’ll certainly be sad to see him go, but wish him all the best in what will be a well-deserved retirement,” Dr Pettitt said.

“Since Graeme informed me several weeks ago about his intentions, we’ve been working together to ensure his wealth of corporate knowledge and experience is incorporated into the next phase of the City’s administration. Part of this will involve Graeme being there to handover his role to his successor over a period of months next year.”

The successful candidate is anticipated to join the City of Fremantle in April 2016 with Mr Mackenzie staying on for a transition period until the end of June 2016.

Mr Mackenzie has been chief executive since 2004, and before that was director corporate services.

“Serving the Fremantle community has been a challenging but highly rewarding role and I’m particularly proud to have been a part of the many innovative projects that have brought new life to Fremantle in recent years,” Mr Mackenzie said.

“I’ve met a lot of great people and had the privilege of working with some talented and committed mayors, councillors and City officers over the years. I will leave knowing Fremantle is on a solid and sustainable path of revitalisation and in very good hands.”