WA Local Government Association chief executive Ricky Burges is set to step down next year, after nearly two decades at the helm.
Ms Burges has been in charge of WALGA since 2000, when the three previous organisations representing local government in WA were being merged into one.
She was contracted to September 2019 but will now depart in February, after tendering her resignation this week.
“Ricky has been at WALGA since the beginning and has been critical to growing the organisation to becoming the lead advocate for the local government sector in WA,” she said.
“During the time Ricky has been CEO, there have been four state government administrations and numerous changes across senior staff to key government agencies".
“Under Ricky’s leadership, WALGA has adapted and formed new relationships to ensure the best possible outcomes for councils in this state.”
Ms Burges said the role had been challenging and exhilarating.
“Throughout my time in WALGA I have been fortunate to work with outstanding leaders and in particular thank past presidents and current president, Lynne Craigie, the state councillors of WALGA, past and present and a highly professional team who have helped me provide strong leadership to the sector,” she said.
A request for quote process has been initiated to contract a recruitment agency to undertake the search for a replacement.
Ms Burges previously held leadership roles at the Department of the Arts and Perth Zoo before her time at WALGA.
She currently serves on the board of MercyCare.