“The City of Perth has been going through a transition in the past two years and I look forward to finalising that work to ensure the City is the exemplar of local government,” Ms Reynolds said.
“This is an exciting and challenging opportunity.”
Ms Reynolds was appointed to the Rottnest Island Authority in 2018 amid revelations staff at the authority had been subject to bullying and discrimination, The West Australian reported.
A survey by the Public Sector Commission in February that year identified cultural issues and a lack of leadership in the authority’s ranks, which left more than half the workforce wanting to quit their jobs.
At the time, Ms Reynolds had been acting in the role for nearly a year, after the government seconded her from her role at WorkCover WA to spearhead a new leadership team set to turn the authority around.
Perth Chair Commissioner Andrew Hammond said Ms Reynolds had more than 20 years’ experience as a senior public servant and an “excellent track record” as a high-performing executive.
“She has energy and a genuine passion for our city’s people, prosperity and potential,” he said.
“The time is right for a new CEO to join the City with corporate recovery well advanced and the election of councillors and a mayor set for October, replacing the Commissioners.”
Ms Reynolds is due to begin on August 4, replacing former acting chief executive Murray Jorgensen, who was appointed to run the council in November 2018.