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SHIRE of Denmark CEO Bill Parker announced his resignation today and will take up a role with the City of Perth in October. Mr Parker said the desire to keep his young family together as they knock on the door of tertiary studies was one of the reasons for the move to the big smoke.

“It’s a great opportunity, not only professionally for me, but for the family as well,” he said.

Denmark Shire CEO Bill Parker resigns.

“We absolutely love Denmark, but keeping the family together as the boys head towards tertiary study was a major factor.”

Mr Parker will take up the role as General Manager Corporate Services Alliance in late October, but will remain at the Shire until October 18. He said he was proud of his three-year tenure at the Shire. “My time here has been wonderful,” he said. “We’ve been able to build a really good team. I see myself as very fortunate to have worked at the shire for the three years I’ve been here.”

Mr Parker’s eldest son Hayden has already made the move to Perth and is currently studying at UWA and pulls on the boots for Claremont Football Club’s colts side. Mr Parker’s wife Jaye and their children Jacob, 15 and Corey, 12, will make the move with Mr Parker at the end of his notice period.

City of Perth Chief Executive Officer Murray Jorgensen said Mr Parker is an exceptional leader who has had first-hand experience in rebuilding two local government authorities in the past by improving organisational culture, and resolving performance inefficiencies and shortcomings.

“With more than 16 years of local government experience, Mr Parker was the stand out candidate for the role,” he said.

“I am excited at the prospect of Mr Parker starting with the City to assist us in our corporate recovery rebuild, given the historical state of affairs and more recent challenges facing the City.”.

Denmark Shire Councillor Peter Caron to step down.

In a day of unrelated shake-ups for the Shire, Councillor Peter Caron also announced he will be stepping down in time for October’s local government election, also citing career opportunities. See Thursday’s edition of Voice of the South for more.

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