The City of Playford (COP) has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer 10 months after terminating the contract of their former CEO, Mal Hemmerling, in December last year. The announcement of Sam Green to fulfil the role came as no surprise as he had been acting in the position since the removal of Hemmerling due to allegations of sexual harassment.
Legal action taken by Mr Hemmerling against council was recently settled out of court with a confidential payment, leaving council to move forward with the permanent appointment of a new CEO.
Mr Green, 42, has been with COP for the past seven years and is attributed with knowledge and understanding of the community in which the council covers.
Playford mayor, Glenn Docherty, said Mr Green was selected from an impressive calibre of candidates from across Australia.
“It has been an exhaustive recruitment process seeing 45 applicants apply with a shortlisting of 13, with a strong field council has decided that Sam was the right person to lead the City of Playford into the future,” he said.
Mr Green said he is looking forward to providing strong leadership as COP continues to grow. “I will be working closely with the mayor and councillors to continue providing high-quality service to our community that reflects the needs and desires of our ever-growing council area,” he said. “For me, it is business as usual, the City of Playford is in an important and significant growth area and the next 10 years is critical in setting up this community for the following 50 years.”
Mr Green will not receive the same salary as Mr Hemmerling, who was generously paid $372,978, however he will continue to receive his existing salary package of $300,000.