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Progressing Towards a New Chief Officer
It is some time since I last communicated to you on our search for a new Chief Officer so I thought it best to bring you up-to-date.
The Board Committee/Panel headed up by our Chairman Kerry Murphy has been very active in the Victorian, national and international search, and in initial interviews for the new Chief Officer.
However, as we drew close to the Royal Commission Final Report being handed down (31 July 2010), we believed it proper to see what its outcomes were and what the Government’s decisions on them would be before going further with applicants.
As you will know, the Government adopted the recommendation for a Fire Services Commissioner (FSC); this position is not to be confused with CFA’s requirement to have a Chief Officer. The Bill to outline the FSC role was tabled in Parliament recently.
Now that the FSC’s role is more clearly understood, we must talk to the Chief Officer applicants about the impact this role will have on the position description we originally gave them. For example, we talked to candidates about our Chief Officer being the State Controller for bushfire but this is now a function of the FSC. So we will talk again to applicants, and look again to see if others wish to join the field.
This means an appointment will not occur as soon as we had hoped; but it is unavoidable. At the outset, the Board said it would seek to get the best possible person for the role and we will continue to go down this path.
Can I suggest you also ignore all the ill-informed rumours that are going around concerning people being offered the role already; we will let you know when the Board appoints a new Chief Officer.
Also, I’d like to thank you for your continued support of Acting Chief Officer Steve Warrington as he works closely with the Fire Services Commissioner, leads our preparations towards the coming fire season, and implements changes arising from the Royal Commission.