Mr Rayner started with the council as a water engineer in 1982 and was appointed to the role of general manager in May 2006.
Under his leadership, Tweed Shire Council recently won this year’s AR Bluett Memorial Award, considered the most prestigious local government award in NSW, together with three RH Dougherty Awards for excellence in communications in the past 15 months.
Mr Rayner, 59, said the advance notice of his retirement would provide sufficient time for council to recruit a replacement before a new council is elected in September 2012, and would avoid any crossover in the recruitment process.
‘I am very relaxed about the decision that I have made – life is short and it is important to always keep that in perspective,’ he said
Mayor of Tweed, councillor Barry Longland, said Mr Rayner has been an asset to Tweed Shire Council and the broader Tweed community, and would be greatly missed.