Town’s new chief knows the Pilbara
Making the swap from Karratha to Hedland will be “no big adjustment”, according to the Town of Port Hedland’s new chief executive.
David Pentz has worked with the City of Karratha for six years as the director of development services, but he will join the Town in the new year to take up the position left vacant when former chief executive Mal Osborne left the local government in July.
Mr Pentz, who lived in South Africa and New Zealand before his move to Karratha, said Hedland was a gateway to the Pilbara with a lot to build on and many opportunities.
“I am really excited about taking the organisation forward and being able to deliver that to the community,” he said.
Mr Pentz, whose wife Diane is the chief executive of Regional Development Australia Pilbara, will commute between Hedland and Karratha, and said there was a lot of prioritising to do to tackle some of the major issues in town.
“It’s a marathon not a sprint,” he said, adding he would have a particular focus on the marina development, a review of community facilities, community safety, and social reform.
Mr Pentz said he hoped to work with Town staff to build a “can-do” culture.
Port Hedland Mayor Camilo Blanco said he was delighted by Mr Pentz’s appointment.
“I’ve spoken to him a lot in the past couple of weeks. He’s a doer — it’s all up from here,” he said.
“We had a number of qualified candidates apply for the chief vacancy and Mr Pentz stood out as he demonstrated an in-depth understanding of Hedland and our community.”
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