General manager 'sad and happy' to leave Kyogle Council
IT'S a "sad and happy" time for Kyogle Council's general manager, Arthur Piggott, who has announced he will be leaving the council at the end of this month.
Mr Piggott has been with the council for 21 years, including almost 10 years in the top job.
He will be taking up an accounting position with Tweed Shire Council - a job he is "excited" about.
"I started at Kyogle in 1993 as the manager of financial services," he said.
"I've made a lot of friends and I'll still be in touch with everyone, because I'll still be living in the area."
Mr Piggott said one of his biggest achievements was in 2005, when he became acting general manager and put in measures to prevent an administrator being appointed to the council.
"The state government was looking to put an administrator in, but we were able to address the issues," he said.
"Over the years we've secured some very large grants for the main street project, water upgrades, flood mitigation and bridge funding."
Desptite concerns about ongoing funding for Kyogle's bridges, and continued speculation on amalgamations, Mr Piggott said he felt he was leaving the council in a good position.
His last day with Kyogle Council is May 29.
Kyogle mayor Danielle Mulholland said he would be missed.
"Arthur is good to work with - he's laid back and easy going," she said.
The council will have an extraordinary meeting on Monday to determine how to manage the vacancy.
As for the farewell party, Cr Mulholland wouldn't reveal the details, but said staff and councillors would take Mr Piggott for dinner.
And she was very specific about the following quote being included in the article: "As a going away present we will be getting him a rabbit."