Menu

Byron Council to appoint new, mystery GM

Byron Shire Council is on the cusp of appointing a new General Manager but is keeping the identity of the new boss Top Secret.

The agenda for the upcoming full council meeting on June 21 indicates that the council has selected its candidate for the position, but refers to him or her only as ‘Candidate #4’.

Given that the agenda item is being moved by Mayor Simon Richardson, and his Greens bloc has political control of the council, it appears that the ascension of the mysterious ‘Candidate #4’ to the position of GM is a mere formality.

Cr Richardson’s motion indicates that the new boss will be signed up to a five-year contract, and suggests he or she will be paid the same as the previous general manager Ken Gainger.

They will also be signed up to the standard contract for general managers written by the Office of Local Government which local news junkies can download here.

The appointment of a new GM follows months of vetting and candidate interviews conducted behind closed doors.

The Echo has heard that councillors made at least one trip to the Tweed to interview candidates suggesting they have been looking outside the Shire for the new boss.

Given the Byron community’s passion for local issues and natural wariness of authority figures the new GM can expect plenty of interest when they do finally pull into the prime parking spot at the Council chambers on Station St Mullumbimby.

The official announcement of the new GM is expected soon after the next council meeting on June 21.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 

Become a supporter of The Echo

A note from the editorial team

Some of The Echo’s editorial team: journalists Paul Bibby and Aslan Shand, editor Hans Lovejoy, photographer Jeff Dawson and Mandy Nolan

The Echo has never underestimated the intelligence and passion of its readers. In a world of corporate banality and predictability, The Echo has worked hard for more than 30 years to help keep Byron and the north coast unique with quality local journalism and creative ideas. We think this area needs more voices, reasoned analysis and ideas than just those provided by News Corp, lifestyle mags, Facebook groups and corporate newsletters.

The Echo is one hundred per cent locally owned and one hundred per cent independent. As you have probably gathered from what is happening in the media industry, it is not cheap to produce a weekly newspaper and a daily online news service of any quality.

We have always relied entirely on advertising to fund our operations, but often loyal readers who value our local, independent journalism have asked how they could help ensure our survival.

Any support you can provide to The Echo will make an enormous difference. You can make a one-off contribution or a monthly one. With your help, we can continue to support a better informed local community and a healthier democracy for another 30 years.”

Echonetdaily is made possible by the support of all of our advertisers.