Council's top job vacancy

LISMORE City Council will have a tough job replacing its departing general manager Paul O’Sullivan, Mayor Jenny Dowell has said.

Cr Dowell said it was too early to say what process the council would follow in finding a replacement for Mr O’Sullivan.

However, she did say the process would be ‘transparent’ and meet local government best practice.

“We are seeking a very good person to take over the lead,” she said.

“I’m not going to pre-empt anything ... but having experience in local government is something we will probably be looking for.”

Mr O’Sullivan said he would have no role in choosing his successor, but agreed with Cr Dowell that the successful applicant would have to have experience in local government.

He said he expected it would take anywhere from four to five months to find a replacement.

In a letter to Cr Dowell announcing his decision, which will be included in the business paper for the next council meeting, Mr O’Sullivan acknowledged ‘the supportive and professional environment I have experienced as general manager here since August 2002’.

“It goes without saying that over the next nine months I will continue to devote myself to the task of fulfulling my current role, as expected by the council,” the letter says.

Mr O’Sullivan announced on Friday he would not seek to renew his contract when it expires on June 30 next year.

He said he was choosing retirement because, at 62, he did not want to spend another five-year term in the position and because he wanted to take advantage of the good health he and his wife enjoyed.

Mr O’Sullivan said he expected to have a busy retirement working a farm he owns.

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