Ray Campling
Ray Campling

Shire is on the hunt for a new CEO following the shock announcement of the resignation of Ray Campling on Friday afternoon after 15 years in the job.
He announced his decision to staff and counsellors on Thursday and April 5 will be his last day in the position.
Mr Campling said it was time to step down for health reasons.

“I could keep going but wouldn’t be happy with my performance,” he said.

“There is nothing more important than family and friends, so I’ve decided to take a step back because I can’t do things in half measures,” Mr Campling said.

Proud

“I’m particularly proud of the achievements of council and the community during my time as CEO,” he said.

“There have been many highlights during the last 15 years,” Mr Campling said.

“One highlight was the work of council, the community and emergency services during the 2011 floods,” he said.

“It was truly amazing; folklore stuff,” Mr Campling said.

Other highlight for him were the Community Engagement and Visitation Program; the campaign for prevention of violence against women and children and the Silo Art Trail.

“Relationships with the community are vital,” he said.

Mr Campling said he would continue living in Warracknabeal with his wife Helen and his family as he loved living in the Yarriambiack Shire.

“It’s more than just paying rates, barking dogs and screeching roosters or pot holes,” Mr Campling said.

“It’s great to be involved in an amazing region and be part of the community,” he said.

“I enjoyed the interaction with people of the community, both at work and socially and still do,” Mr Campling said.

“I am extremely appreciative of the media; generally really positive and supportive, particularly during the 2011 flood crisis,” he said.

Decision not easy

His decision to resign was not an easy one to make but he decided to concentrate on his health and family.

“If I stayed in the position, working for around 60 hours a week and having to be out three nights a week, would not help with my health,” Mr Campling said.

“I will spend the next few months trying to get back to full health and then I may do some consulting later,” he said.

Career

Mr Campling started his local government career in 1985 as the municipal recreation officer with the Portland Council.
He served as the Community Services Director with the Mildura Rural City Council during which time co-ordinated the hosting of the Davis Cup tie against Zimbabwe in conjunction with Tennis Australia in 1998; the first time a tie had be held outside a capital city.

Mr Campling also worked at the Parramatta City Council for five years as the Community Services and Recreation Services Manager.
He had previously resigned Shire Community Services and Development manager, from the CEO role in 2011 but withdrew the resignation following overwhelming support from the community
and continued with the job.
Mr Campling was re- appointed as CEO for a further five years in August last year.
Yarriambiack Shire Council will now start the process to find a replacement Chief Executive.