Hunt starts for top job at council
TWEED Shire councillors late yesterday pushed ahead with finding a replacement for council general manager Mike Rayner who is retiring.
At a special council meeting on the issue the councillors moved to appoint themselves plus an independent consultant as members of a panel to consider short-listed applicants.
They chose McArthur Consulting as the external recruitment consultant to carry out much of the work and advise the panel before they vote, probably some time early next year, on a candidate.
The consultants are expected to advertise the position and hold interviews "as soon as possible after candidates are short-listed".
A report to councillors revealed Mr Rayner has given notice of intention to retire on July 6 next year.
But he has also revealed he intends to take approved leave from April 27, leaving the way open for a replacement to take up the role from that date.
Mr Rayner, 59, announced his intention to retire earlier this month after nearly 30 years working for the council.
At the time he said he wanted to get out while he was still fit and enjoy life with his family.
Mr Rayner is one of the last general managers to have worked most of his career with the council he heads, working his way up through the ranks.