CEO departs Casey

Issued Wednesday 21 February 2018


After 23 years as CEO of the City of Casey, Mike Tyler has mutually agreed with Council that now is the right time to move on.

Mike has been employed by Council and its predecessor, the City of Berwick for over 36 years.

Mr Tyler said he has been proud to lead an organisation which has effectively managed a rapidly growing community at the same time as adapting to the changing local government, business and technological environments.

At the time the City of Casey was formed it was an amalgamation of Victoria’s two fastest growing Councils. The Local Government Board, in recommending the creation of the City of Casey with a population at the time of 130,000, had suggested that in 10 years it would be appropriate to review whether the City of Casey should be split into two municipalities because of its growth.

When Mr Tyler was first appointed as CEO, he stated that his aim was to make the City of Casey the pre-eminent Victorian Council, and Council believes this is what has been achieved.

Mayor of the City of Casey, Cr Geoff Ablett, stated that “Mr Tyler with the support of successive Councillors, has always been a strong supporter of a significant capital works program. This is based on the belief that providing the facilities which a community can use enhances both the development of a sense of community, interaction and engagement and therefore improved wellbeing, and also creates a more physically healthy and active community. Whenever there was a surplus using it to create additional quality facilities that the community could use and be proud of was always Mr Tyler’s focus”.

Some of the main new facilities included new aquatic centres including Casey ARC in 2001 and Casey RACE in 2009 as part of the broader Casey Fields facilities.

The opening of Bunjil Place in 2017 voted for by all Councillors has set a new benchmark for suburban Council facilities, and it will be a long time until another Council is able to develop such a facility. Mr Tyler indicated he was proud of this achievement that Council was able to carry out due to prudent, and long term, financial planning. The legacy of this financial strategy will continue to deliver benefits for decades.

Every organisation needs to keep responding to change, and the business and administrative world is changing at a phenomenal rate. Over the past four years the City of Casey has evolved significantly as Council staff have transformed to become an agile, technologically based workforce. 

Mr Tyler said “I am proud to have had such great support from all Councillors”.

Mr Tyler said that the City of Casey is in a strong financial position, with great staff and facilities for the growing community. He said it is time to move on and allow other leaders to help shape the future direction Council together with the team of Councillors.

Cr Geoff Ablett, on behalf of Councillors applauded Mike Tyler for his substantial contribution to the City of Casey.

Mr Tyler will leave the organisation on Thursday 22 February 2018.