Long-serving administrator leaving desk
TWEED Shire Council's long-serving administration manager Brian Donaghy calls it a day tomorrow after 30 years' commitment to the shire.
Christmas Eve will be Mr Donaghy's last day in the job and the person known as the public face of council will leave with the best wishes of his loyal staff who officially farewelled him last week.
The 58-year-old is looking forward to a relaxed retirement spending time with his grandchildren and pottering around the large garden at the 14-hectare Urliup property he owns with his wife Marie, the practice manager at Stacks law firm for Murwillumbah and Coolangatta.
Mr Donaghy's career in local government began 40 years ago as a junior office boy with the then Mullumbimby Municipal Council where he worked his way up to become paymaster and accountant.
He moved to the Tweed in 1974, taking up a new job as assistant accountant with Tweed Shire Council, working out of the old municipal building in Main Street as part of a 19person administration team - a far cry from today's team of about 75 staff.