Burges steps down from WALGA executive
After almost 20 years at the helm of the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA), Ricky Burges has announced she will be stepping down as Chief Executive Officer of the association.
WALGA President Cr Lynne Craigie accepted Ms Burges’ resignation, and thanked her for her service in the field.
“Ricky has been at WALGA since the beginning and has been critical to growing the organisation to becoming the lead advocate for the Local Government sector in WA,” Cr Craigie said.
“During the time Ricky has been CEO, there have been four State Government administrations and numerous changes across senior staff to key government agencies. “Under Ricky’s leadership, WALGA has adapted and formed new relationships to ensure the best possible outcomes for Councils in this State.” With previous leadership roles at the Department of the Arts and Perth Zoo, Ms Burges said she had most enjoyed the role at WALGA and working with the Local Government sector. “The role at WALGA has been both challenging and exhilarating and I have loved every day and will always see the merging of the three associations in to a single association as one of the key highlights,” she said. “Throughout my time in WALGA I have been fortunate to work with outstanding leaders and in particular thank past Presidents and current President, Cr Lynne Craigie, the State Councillors of WALGA, past and present and a highly professional team who have helped me provide strong leadership to the sector.” Ms Burges was contracted to September 2019 but with the resignation, she will now depart the organisation in February 2019.