The search is on for a new head of Hinchinbrook Shire Council after the chief executive’s shock resignation last week.
Alan Rayment handed in his notice, citing family reasons for his departure.
He plans to follow his wife to Brisbane after she relocated there to look after her mother.
Mr Rayment was in his position for two years.
James Stewart has been given the role of acting chief executive officer.
He said: ‘Whilst Alan’s term as CEO has come to an end, the process of organisational and cultural change he started will carry on.
‘The recruitment process for the next CEO has commenced with an aim to find the best possible person without delay.
‘He or she has some big boots to fill.’
A statement on the council’s facebook page said: ‘This week Council received the unexpected news that the Chief Executive Officer Mr Alan Rayment resigned from his position citing family reasons following his wife’s relocation to Brisbane some time ago to care for her ageing mother.
‘Alan’s dedication and endless enthusiasm saw his outcome focused vision come to fruition by promoting positive change in the community.’
According to the Hinchinbrook Shire Council Certified Agreement (2017), the highest band for the chief administration officer’s annual salary as of July 2019 is $226,243.