City of Fremantle appoints Phil St John as new CEO

The media release just went out:

The City of Fremantle is pleased to announce the appointment of Philip St John as its new Chief Executive Officer.

The decision was made to appoint Mr St John at a special meeting of council last night. His selection followed a six month national search to replace current CEO Graeme Mackenzie, who last year announced his intention to retire after more than 43 years of service to the local government industry, the last 12 years as City of Fremantle CEO.

Mr St. John brings a wealth of local and industry knowledge to the position and was previously Director of Planning at the City of Fremantle for eight years before moving to the City of Wanneroo as its Planning Director in 2014. In 2012 he was awarded the WA Professional Planner of the Year award by the Local Government Planners Association.

Fremantle Mayor Dr Brad Pettitt said he was pleased to have secured the services of Mr St John following an extensive search for candidates which began in September last year. The City received more than 100 applications from across Australia.

“I’m very pleased to welcome Phil to lead the City of Fremantle through the next exciting phase of the city’s rejuvenation,” Dr Pettitt said.

“Council wanted to appoint a CEO who will continue to drive the bold vision for Fremantle’s revitalisation, including implementing council’s new strategic plan which will be released shortly. Phil was chosen because he’s known for his innovative thinking and his ability to get things done.”

Chair of the Western Australian Planning Commission, Eric Lumsden, said he was delighted to be advised that Mr St John had been appointed.

“Philip is a person of the highest integrity, a strategic thinker and has excellent experience in local government. I’m confident he will provide outstanding leadership in the future development of the City of Fremantle,” Mr Lumsden said.

Handover process to begin in May

Mr St John is expected to commence his employment with the City in May. Mr Mackenzie will continue with the City until the end of June 2016 to ensure a complete handover process and a seamless transition.

“Fremantle’s foundations are now very strong and Graeme’s guidance has been instrumental in getting Fremantle back on track,” Dr Pettitt said.

“I would like to thank Graeme for more than a decade of solid and trustworthy leadership. Graeme’s experience and skill has successfully guided the Fremantle Council through some challenging periods and I wish him well when he retires in a few months.”

Mr Mackenzie said he would be leaving knowing Fremantle was on a solid and sustainable path of revitalisation and in very good hands.

“Serving the Fremantle community has been a challenging but highly rewarding role.  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. “Having worked with Phil previously I know the City is in good hands and I wish him all the best.”

Mr St John said he was honoured to have been appointed CEO.

“Having recently spent eight and half wonderful years at Fremantle in the role of Director of Planning, I feel like I’m coming home to a city I know well and have great affection for,” Mr St John said.

“Fremantle has a wonderful history, and is on track for a great future so I feel very privileged to have this opportunity and look forward to working closely with Graeme to ensure a smooth changeover.

“I’m also looking forward to working with officers and elected members in leading the revitalisation of Fremantle, while retaining the characteristics which make it such a great place to live, work and visit.”


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One Response to City of Fremantle appoints Phil St John as new CEO

  1. maquismail says:

    Congratulations, Phil! Great news for Freo.

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