Council approved Mr Harding’s appointment earlier in the month in a unanimous decision, which was then finalised at the Special Council Meeting on 23 December.
Mr Harding has extensive experience with Local Government, and is currently the Director of Infrastructure Services at the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale.
“This appointment marks a new chapter for the East Pilbara, and we looked forward to welcoming Steve,” Shire President Cr Lynne Craigie OAM said.
“We are confident that Steve has the qualities and values Council are seeking, and look forward to working with him.”
Mr Harding will replace outgoing Chief Executive Officer Mr Jeremy Edwards, who has departed to take a role with the City of Swan.
Ms Lisa Clack will act as Chief Executive Officer until Mr Harding’s arrival in Newman to take the post in late March.