Byron Shire Council general manager Graeme Faulkner has resigned a year short of the end of his five-year contract and is set to leave his job within a month.
The sudden announcement follows a secret council meeting last week to discuss renewal of Mr Faulkner’s contract, at which no decision was taken.
Mr Faulkner was appointed a few months before the 2008 elections.
A report for councillors regarding the general manager’s position will be presented at the June 28 meeting.
It’s unlikely a permanent GM can be appointed ahead of the September council election owing to the four-week caretaker period required by state legislation.
The reasons for Mr Faulkner’s decision won’t be made public, according to the spokesman.
However, the GM did say he was ‘pleased to have been able to work in the Byron Shire for the last four years.
‘I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Byron Shire and want to wish both the elected councillors and staff all the best for the future,’ he said.
‘I’m confident the next GM will continue to work with staff, councillors, and the community for a sustainable Byron Shire.’