Town Farewells CEO, Gary Tuffin

Published on Thursday, 23 February 2023 at 10:09:49 AM

Gary Tuffin, CEO    Gary Tuffin, CEO

After almost seven years at the helm of the Town of East Fremantle, Gary Tuffin has resigned as CEO.

Providing three months’ notice, Gary’s resignation will take effect from 18 May 2023, after which Gary will take up the position of CEO at the Town of Cambridge.

The Town’s Elected Members and Staff whole-heartedly congratulate Gary on his new appointment, however they were very quick to comment on how much Gary will be missed at the Town.

“It has been an absolute privilege to serve the Town of East Fremantle as CEO, and as my fourth CEO appointment, it has been a very difficult decision to leave this team of Elected Members and Staff,” Gary Tuffin said. “We work cohesively in a positive and impactful environment, and I will truly miss the people.”

Commencing in the role in March 2016, Gary has been instrumental in shaping cultural change, providing strong leadership through the COVID-19 pandemic and guiding and delivering on many strategic priorities and projects across the Town, including: 

  • Leading the community engagement, design and business plan development for the $33.5 million East Fremantle Oval Precinct Redevelopment project, including a funding commitment of $25 million from the State Government  
  • Resetting the organisational values to be team based, with a strong focus on customer service
  • Driving significant performance improvements across the organisation
  • Delivering on a number of the Strategic Community Plan priorities
  • Full renovation and restoration of Town Hall (Administration Office and Council Chambers)
  • Implementation of the Community Assistance Grants and Community Engagement Program
  • Improved public facilities for children and youth
  • Guided the development of the Town’s first Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan
  • And much more!

“Gary transformed the organisation’s culture and strengthened working relationships within the organisation and with Elected Members and external stakeholders. I will miss Gary both professionally and personally and wish him all the very best at the Town of Cambridge,” Mayor O’Neill said.

The Town appreciates Gary providing the full three months’ notice and is confident a suitable CEO will be appointed.

A recruitment process will be advertised in due course.


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