City of Perth to Farewell Chief Executive Officer

The City of Perth will warmly farewell Chief Executive Officer, Murray Jorgensen, this week when he leaves the City after almost two years leading the organisation. 

Chair Commissioner, Andrew Hammond, said Murray has made an outstanding contribution.

“It is well documented that when Murray joined us in 2018, the City of Perth was not functioning to its fullest potential. In less than two years, Murray has transformed the organisation. 

“When we appointed him to the position of Chief Executive Officer, we gave him a clear remit: return the City of Perth to an exemplar of local government and this was certainly no small task. 

“Murray joined our ranks soon after the Council had been suspended and it was apparent at the time that the City needed a vast, and fast-paced program of reform. Murray took significant action under extraordinary circumstances and set a very solid foundation upon which I am sure the City will truly thrive. 

“He has provided outstanding leadership and been instrumental in delivering sustainable outcomes for the community, business and City staff alike. 

“I am sure I can speak on behalf of my fellow Commissioners and City staff when I say it has been an absolute pleasure to work alongside Murray. He is an outstanding leader, true professional and well loved by everyone in his team.” 

Under Murray’s leadership, the City of Perth has taken great strides towards corporate recovery. In fact, just twelve months into the three-year program, the City’s plan for corporate recovery is almost 60 per cent complete.

The organisation has established an Alliance structure with more collaborative Executive and Managerial Leadership Teams. In addition, the City has produced an Integrated Strategic Planning and Reporting Framework, which included a refreshed Strategic Community Plan, a Corporate Business Plan and Long Term Financial Plan. In addition, the City is implementing a Procurement Transformation Plan and a Financial Systems and Process Transformation Plan, revised how it manages risk and overhauled its Project Management and its Community and Stakeholder Engagement approaches.

All City staff wish Murray a fond farewell and all the very best in his retirement. 

Issued by: Bobbie Walton, Senior Media and Communications Advisor, 0447 109 043,