Richmond Valley Council General Manager John Walker.
Richmond Valley Council General Manager John Walker. Cathy Adams

Walker to move closer to family, leaving Richmond Valley

UPDATE November 17, 6.30pm: RICHMOND Valley Council Chief Executive Officer John Walker has announced his resignation, citing the chance to live closer to his two sons and grandchildren in Western Australia.

Mr Walker has accepted the job of CEO of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and says he is keen to sink his teeth into financial reform issues, much like he has done at Richmond Valley council.

Mr Walker has been based at Casino for the past four years and said his greatest achievement was securing the overall financial sustainability of the council and improving community relations through communication.

"It is now a much better community organisation and so it should be because we are public servants," he said.

Mr Walker spent a decade in WA, as deputy CEO of the City of Perth, before moving into the private sector.

He said his two sons and two grandsons were keen for him to return to the family fold, and while Kalgoorlie is a fair way out of Perth, it is just a 50 minute plane trip with an airport only 10 minutes from his new work.

"The kids said I couldn't knock this one back," Mr Walker said.

INITIAL: RICHMOND Valley Council Chief Executive Officer John Walker has today announced his resignation.

Mr Walker made his decision for family and personal reasons and will be moving to Western Australia. He will leave his role at the end of January.

Mr Walker thanked his Mayor, Ernie Bennett, councillors, staff and the community for supporting the Council's reform agenda, which has seen it possible to make significant advances in its overall position and place Richmond Valley Council in a fit state for the future



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