Ballina Council GM resigns

Ballina Shire Councils general manager John Christopherson (pictured) has resigned after 18 months in the job to take up a senior management position in Brisbane.

Mr Christopherson, 44, said family and personal reasons had prompted his resignation and he and his partner Nicola would return next month to Brisbane, which he described as home for us.

We have a home in Brisbane as well as a network of family and friends so that was a big factor in my decision, he said. Another factor was that, as an engineer, I was offered the opportunity to work on a very challenging landmark project with Leightons building a tunnel under the Brisbane River.

Mr Christopherson said he was due to finish his term in Ballina on January 18 but if Council needed him to stay on to ensure a smooth transition process he was more than happy to do so.

It was a tough decision but at the end of the day you have to choose a path thats right for you, he said.

He praised Council staff he had worked with as marvellous and the Ballina community as a warm bunch of people.

Mayor Phil Silver wished Mr Christopherson well, saying he had accepted the resignation with regret and was sad to see him go.

Mr Christopherson has been general manager since May 2005 and has seen Council through an important time all who have dealt with him have been impressed with his ethics, professionalism and management style, Cr Silver said. Im sorry hes going he was widely liked by staff, councillors and the community.

Returning the compliment, Mr Christopherson said he had been impressed at the professionalism and work ethic of Council staff as well as the personal commitment of elected councillors.

Cr Silver said that before the general managers position could be advertised Council had to resolve at its ordinary meeting in January what sort of salary package, job description and term of the contract the new general manager would have.

Councils corporate services group manager, Paul Hickey, has been appointed acting general manager.

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