Boyle signs off as acting GM



THE man given the responsibility of steering the newly-created Clarence Valley Council through 17 months of unchartered waters is today winging his way home to Canberra.

Ken Boyle, appointed the council's acting general manager by the New South Wales Governor in February 2004, signed off with a vote of thanks from the council for a job well done.

The 60-year-old career public servant yesterday described his time with council as both interesting and challenging.

"Leading the council through the amalgamation process was always going to be a challenge," Mr Boyle said yesterday.

"But community reaction to amalgamation had been positive and the council is on the right course. I'm glad to be going home, but at the same time I'm sad to be leaving the Clarence Valley."

Mayor Ian Tiley described Mr Boyle as a thorough professional.

"On behalf of the community, I join all councillors in congratulating Ken for his magnificent input, his sound advice to all staff, his good humour and the successes he achieved," Cr Tiley said.

Mr Boyle is being replaced by the council's first general manager, Stuart McPherson.

The former Ballina Shire general manager takes up his five-year position with council on August 1.



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