Retired Bellingen Shire Council GM Mike Colreavy.
Retired Bellingen Shire Council GM Mike Colreavy.

Retired GM steps in for top job

RETIRED Bellingen Shire Council general manager Mike Colreavy will temporarily take over Clarence Valley Council’s top job on Monday, after existing GM Stuart McPherson steps down.

Mr McPherson, who has previously been general manager for Ballina Shire Council, retires at the end of his shift tomorrow.

Mr Colreavy, 57, retired from his post as general manager of Bellingen Shire Council in November last year, but since then has taken a series of short term executive posts at councils around NSW – including spending several months earlier this year as acting general manager at Wakool Shire Council in the Murray River region.

He now takes on an acting general manager role at Clarence Valley, until the council can appoint someone permanently in the position.

In a statement, the council said Mr Colreavy had 34 years experience working in councils around New South Wales and in the Northern Territory, including 12 years in general manager positions.

He had previously worked in the Clarence and lived in Grafton when he was General Manager at Nymboida Shire Council from 1998 to 2000 until it was merged into Pristine Waters Council. He says that his previous stay here gave him a taste of the fabulous environment and lifestyle of the Clarence.

Mr Colreavy said he would be working in a “caretaker” role with Clarence Valley Council, “keeping the business of the Council running seamlessly while the organisation recruits the new general manager”.

“A starting point will be to take into account some issues raised by the Councillors and to prioritise what can realistically be achieved in the time I will be spending in this role,” he said.

“The first few days on the job will involve briefings with senior Council staff, meeting other staff and further familiarisation with current and immediate issues for Council.”

One of his first roles would be overseeing the rollout of an operational plan adopted by the council late last month.

At this stage, it was expected Mr Colreavy will be Acting General Manager for two to three months, the council statement said.

In the lead up to starting work on Monday, he has been receiving a handover from Mr McPherson and an initial briefing from Mayor Richie Williamson.

Cr Williamson said the council was getting “strong interest” in the permanent general manager’s position.

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