Penrith City Council has appointed former General Manager, Alan Stoneham, as Interim General Manager.
The news follows last week’s announced departure by Council’s current General Manager, Warwick Winn.
Council says Mr Stoneham is well placed to return at a critical point in Penrith’s revitalisation, having been at the forefront of the master planning and development prior to Mr Winn’s appointment.
Mr Stoneham has worked at Council for 43 years, including 10 years as General Manager, until his retirement in August 2018.
Penrith Mayor, Tricia Hitchen said the Council formed the view during Monday night’s Ordinary Meeting that it would be best for Mr Stoneham to temporarily take the reins.
“Penrith Council is dear to Alan’s heart, and he tells me he’s pleased to have the opportunity to reconnect with the projects he was so passionate about during his previous stint as General Manager,” she said.
“I know the organisation will be in safe hands with Alan while we carry out the recruitment for Mr Winn’s replacement, it’s great for staff as they’re familiar with him while also providing a level of independence for the recruitment process.”
Mr Stoneham said he is looking forward to being back at Council.
“I’m really excited to be temporarily coming back to Penrith Council, I really enjoyed my time at Council and am looking forward to seeing the staff and where the incredible City-shaping projects are up to,” Mr Stoneham said.
Departing General Manager, Mr Winn, will finish in the role at the end of this week, after which time he will take some leave before commencing his new role at Eurobodalla Shire Council.
Recruitment for Mr Winn’s permanent replacement will commence shortly, Council said.