Media response - acting CEO

Published on 26 February 2020

Response to Southern Times Messenger.

1. Who is the new acting CEO?

2. What is his background?

3. Why has Kirk Richardson stepped down?

Stephen Hains has taken up the position of acting CEO until the recruitment process is completed.

Stephen brings with him decades of experience in local government and is a Fellow of Local Government Managers Australia.

He retired from his position as CEO of the City of Salisbury in May 2011 after more than 20 years at the helm.

He’s qualified in economics, planning and local government management and previously headed a number of economic development, planning and environmental agencies with the South Australian Government.

Stephen has also been involved on a range of business, educational and public sector boards for many years, and is currently:

  • deputy chancellor of Flinders University
  • director of the Bedford/Phoenix Group
  • chair of the Stormwater Management Authority
  • chair of the Clare and Gilbert Valleys Development Assessment Panel
  • director stakeholder relations, Concordia Land Management.

Stephen has also taken on roles as acting CEO of the Adelaide City Council, chair of the Northern Adelaide Health Network Governing Council, a member of the state government’s Expert Panel on Planning Reform, deputy chair of the Environment Protection Authority, a member of the Local Government Association Governance Panel, and chair of the Charles Sturt Council Development Assessment Panel and the Adelaide Hills Council Development Assessment Panel.

Kirk Richardson made a personal decision to step down from his role as acting CEO and has returned to his role as director city operations.


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