General Manager resigns

Burnie City Council General Manager Mr Paul Arnold today announced that he will be stepping down from his current role after 11 and half years.

“It is a bittersweet feeling to finally make the decision to hand over to a pair of fresh eyes. I have no doubt it will be hard to walk away after living and breathing every aspect of this great City for so long,” Mr Arnold said.

“It certainly was not an easy decision to make, but I believe it is the right decision. I am proud of the team that has emerged and delivered over the past 11 and half years. Together, Aldermen and the staff have a whole range of achievements that we together have delivered.

“If you flashed back to Burnie ten years ago you would barely recognise it. Our City is now a beautiful, thriving place that still has so much potential. I am very pleased with the fantastic new developments our City has and consider it a genuine privilege to have had some small part in leading an excellent team focused on progress and opportunity.

“There comes a point in your life where you have to realise that you are no longer 25 or invincible. I made this decision to step down in the best interests of the City, the new Mayor, my family and my health.

“In recent times I have lost too many dear friends, that without this role I would not have had the privilege of knowing or working with them. I have no regrets, but I need to spend more time with the ones I love, and focus on new directions for my life.

“Recently we completed the community’s strategic plan titled Making Burnie 2030. The future for the next 20 years is bright, if as a community we work towards the goals set out in the plan and work together. I was so humbled to be involved in this process and feel now is the right time to hand the reigns over to someone with new passion and ideas to help drive this plan.”

Burnie Mayor Steve Kons said, “On behalf of the entire Council we wish him the very best and thank him for his contribution to Burnie. Paul has decided it is the right time for him to take a new direction in life, particularly to spend more time with his family.

“In recent times Paul and myself have both been highlighted in the media and I wish for these concerns to be put aside and for him to be recognised for the tremendous amount of time he put into this City.

“It is also important that the community can be assured that Council will continue as normal. I will be appointing Andrew Wardlaw, currently the Director Corporate & Business Services, to act as General Manager until Council has an opportunity to formally consider an interim arrangement at its next meeting on 13 December 2011.

“Paul in his role as General Manager has had huge impact on the Burnie we live in today. He should be proud of his and his team’s many achievements,” Mayor Kons said.

Mr Arnold spoke positively about the future of the Council.

“My relationship with new Mayor Steve Kons has created some unwanted media attention of late, and I hope that doesn’t over shadow the achievements and positive future our Council has.

“Mayor Kons will lead a strong united Council and will work tirelessly for the community. Our relationship should never have been newsworthy or of concern. We both have such passion for this City, I know that he and the Council will continue this great work.

“I would personally like to thank the staff at the Burnie City Council who have helped make the amazing progression of our City possible. I am so proud of our workplace. It was just so fitting that we received the Employer of Choice Award status last week.

“I am looking forward to spending time with my family, especially my beautiful new granddaughter and take a long delayed holiday. It would not have been possible to continue in the role of General Manager for over 11 years without the support from my wife Cynthia and my children,” Mr Arnold said.

Mr Arnold’s resignation is effective as of 2 December 2011.

For further information please contact

Libby Jowett
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728