Douglas Shire Council is seeking a new chief executive officer after Linda Cardew resigned from the role to take the top job at Cook Shire Council.
The lawyer, who has a local government career spanning more than 20 years, announced her decision to staff today.
Ms Cardew said she would grab this new “exciting” opportunity.
“Douglas Shire Council is an established, competent and proud organisation that continues to punch way above its weight,” she said. “These decisions are always very difficult, but when a great professional opportunity presents itself, it is very hard say no.”
Ms Cardew helped councillors steer the new Douglas Shire Council following de-amalgamation in 2013.
This led to almost $60 million in external funding in the past four years and back-to-back record capital works budgets that delivered vital infrastructure.
Mayor Julia Leu said Ms Cardew helped councillors transform the council into a progressive and capable organisation.
“Linda has made a significant contribution to Douglas Shire and this is a great opportunity for her so I wish her well into the future,” she said.
“We now have a fantastic opportunity for someone to lead a progressive and dynamic council in one of the most pristine and diverse environments in the world.
“Council will embark on nation-wide recruitment and fill the vacant chief executive officer role as soon as possible.”
Ray Burton has been acting as interim chief executive officer at Cook Shire Council after Tim Cronin left the post.
Mr Burton was most recently in the top role at Townsville City Council for eight years, and Pine Rivers Council for six years, with 24 years as a council chief executive under his belt and 40-plus years in local government.