The Waroona Shire has appointed experienced council worker Mark Goodlet as its new chief executive. The selection comes after it was announced in July the Shire of Waroona and Murray would end their agreement to share chief executive Dean Unsworth, who had been performing both roles since 2019. Mr Unsworth will continue as Murray Shire chief while Mr Goodlet will take over the Waroona position on November 1. Mr Goodlet is a qualified civil engineer and was a director at Busselton, Margaret River and Nedlands shires before taking on the role of chief executive at Mosman Park and then Nedlands. The new chief said he was not the type of leader to “sit-around” and he was excited to tackle some of the projects on the horizon for the area. “I think it falls under the radar a little bit, yet when I spoke to them they (came across) as a council that really want to develop their Shire and go places,” he said. “Waroona looks like it is going to fit with type of skillset I am going to bring to the job. “They have some Federal and State Government grant money and they want to do a number of projects and that certainly fits well with my background.” Waroona Shire president Mike Walmsley said Mr Goodlet’s experience was what saw him awarded the role. “He has some really great skills, especially for what we are heading towards in the next few years with some of our projects,” he said. “He is very polished and was a stand-out throughout the interview process. “He has had a pretty diverse background and he is born and bred in WA which is great.” Mr Goodlet said he was looking forward to getting to know the what makes the town tick. “The first thing I will be doing is getting to know the councillors and the community groups,” he said. Mr Goodlet notified Nedlands council in November 2020 he would step down from his role as CEO in February of this year. His resignation came less than two weeks after he issued an apology to ratepayers and councillors over offensive comments made in a leaked confidential internal document which suggested residents opposing a planning scheme should be classified into "zealots", "dissidents" and "fanatics", according to WAtoday. In the statement, Mr Goodlet acknowledged media coverage surrounding the controversial document had placed the council "in an embarrassing position" and added he had suggested an independent investigation into the matter take place "to put the record straight". Mr Goodlet said wished Nedlands every success but made the decision to leave to find a more cohesive council. “I wanted to spend my time with a council I thought were all pulling in the same direction and were looking to work together to make their local government a better area,” he said. “I am 59. I have been around a long time and I want to make the last 10 years of my working career count. “My initial meeting with the interview with the interview commitee (showed me) they have an excellent relationship with the community, with the staff and between the councillors.” Resource-sharing between the Shires of Murray and Waroona will continue with the IT, Ranger, health, local emergency and planning services — all of which were in place before the dual-chief arrangement began. At the same ordinary council meeting on Tuesday, the council voted for councillors Mike Walmsley and Naomi Purcell to continue their leadership roles. Mr Walmsley will serve another two years as president and Ms Purcell will continue as deputy president after they were both nominated unopposed for their respective positions. The Shire president thanked the council for their support and said he was ready to put all of his energy into the exciting projects coming up for the Shire. New councillors Ryan Woodbury and Dion Pisconeri were both sworn in after they were elected unopposed last Month.