The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale welcomed Kenn Donohoe as the new chief executive at the council meeting on Monday evening.
Mr Donohoe has more than 17 years experience within various local governments including the shires of Broome, Chittering and Mount Marshall.
He also has more than 24 years experience working in local government and during this time has been instrumental in developing economic opportunities and key partnerships while focusing on strategic key objectives to competently deliver value to communities.
Mr Donohoe said he was excited about the role and described the shire as one of the most challenging.
“I want to get out there and meet the community,” he said.
“I’m not going to get caught behind the chair.”
Mr Donohoe said his role was to work with council and he would deliver projects and review policies.
“We have many opportunities in front of us,” he said.
“We can’t just become a residential shire.
“We need to look at the economic development of the shire but there also needs to be a balance with some of our core values which includes environmental sustainability.”
Mr Donohoe said as the shire grows the balance needs to be kept.
He also said the shire could be a real leader in the Peel region.
Shire president John Erren said he was happy with Mr Donohoe’s appointment and looked forward to working together.