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Recruitment for Port Stephens Council General Manager underway

14 July 2022

Following the retirement of Port Stephens Council General Manager Wayne Wallis in May this year, recruitment to secure a new General Manager was endorsed by Council this week.

Mayor Ryan Palmer said finding the right person for this role is critical to the long term success of Council and our community.

“There are 547 equivalent full-time employees at Port Stephens Council who deliver 60 unique services across our community,” Mayor Palmer said.

“Port Stephens is part of the Hunter Region – the fastest growing regional economy in Australia, home to Newcastle Airport and the Williamtown Special Activation Precinct, a vibrant visitor economy and a flourishing manufacturing sector.

“This area is one of the most naturally beautiful locations on the East Coast of Australia and really does offer an enviable lifestyle for those that live and work here,” he added.

Councils Acting Group Manager Corporate Services Zoe Pattison said we’re expecting strong interest in this role from candidates around Australia.

“This year, Council achieved an 82% result for employee engagement – which means 8 out of 10 employees are engaged and happy to be working for Port Stephens Council,” she added.

On Tuesday evening at its Ordinary Meeting, Council endorsed the proposed recruitment process, confirming the members of the recruitment panel and the agreed process.

The panel will include Mayor Ryan Palmer, Deputy Mayor Steve Tucker, Councillor Leah Anderson, Councillor Giacomo Arnott, Councillor Peter Kafer and Councillor Glen Dunkley.  Councillors will be supported by an external recruitment specialist.

"The panel are tasked with appointing a General Manager who has a shared vision and desire to further enhance the organisations culture,” Mayor Palmer said.

“A culture consisting of an engaged and resilient team, strong healthy and collaborative relationships and a genuine reputation for improving the wellbeing and liveability of those that live, work and visit Port Stephens.

The General Manager Recruitment process will commence from the 13 July 2022 with an appointment expected to be made by late August 2022.

The position can be viewed on Council’s website or at