Clarence Valley Council general manager Stuart McPherson is retiring in July.
Clarence Valley Council general manager Stuart McPherson is retiring in July. Adam Hourigan

Council's general manager resigns

STUART McPherson will swap his seat as Clarence Valley Council general manager for that of his bicycle when he pedals into retirement on July 8.

After 47 years in local government, Mr McPherson said over the past five to six months he had come to the decision it was time to focus on family and relaxation.

“I am ready for retirement and I think the time is right,” he said.

Mr McPherson said he had been at the helm of the council for the past six years.

“I have been in CEO roles for a bit over 29 years and decided that's probably long enough,” he said.

Since handing in his resignation on Tuesday, Mr McPherson is looking forward to retirement.

“I plan to travel and partake in a bit more family interaction than has been possible lately,” he said.

An avid cyclist and a keen canoeist, Mr McPherson looks forward to relaxing in the Valley.

“The Clarence River has lots to offer and there is lots of it I haven't explored,” he said.

Mayor Richie Williamson said Mr McPherson's decision came with sincere best wishes from councillors and council staff.

“Stuart has made a very valuable contribution to the Clarence Valley Council. He has also made a very valuable contribution to the local government industry,” he said.

“On behalf of the councillors and the staff I wish Stuart a very long and fruitful retirement with his family.”



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