Murray Shire general manager Greg Murdoch announced his retirement on Tuesday.By Jess Craig
Long-serving Murray Shire general manager Greg Murdoch has stunned councillors and staff by announcing his retirement.
Mr Murdoch handed his letter of retirement to mayor Tom Weyrich on Tuesday.
‘‘My retirement from the role is something I have been considering for a few years and now the timing is right,’’ Mr Murdoch said.
‘‘I’m in my 21st year as general manager and I will remain in the role until February next year.’’
Mr Murdoch said he would help council find his replacement ‘‘where appropriate’’.
‘‘I have a healthy respect for the Murray Shire community and I have enjoyed my time,’’ he said.
Mr Murdoch confirmed he would stay in the area ‘‘for now’’.
Murray Shire mayor Tom Weyrich was yesterday lamenting Mr Murdoch’s retirement, but wished him well.
‘‘When the most respected general manager in NSW announces his retirement, people take notice,’’ Cr Weyrich said.
‘‘Make no mistake, Greg is the most respected GM in this state and I don’t say that lightly.
‘‘His retirement, and I stress the word retirement, is a huge loss to the shire.
‘‘I didn’t want to accept his retirement, but Greg and his family feel this is best, and I wish them all the best in the future.
‘‘I’ve known Greg for many years and while it’s no secret we’ve butted heads in the past, I couldn’t have done the mayor’s job without his support.
‘‘He might not always make the most popular decision, but he makes the best decision for the shire and its community.
‘‘Greg has been a tremendous asset and this is an immense loss.
‘‘Murray Shire Council has received plenty of praise in recent years for the way it has progressed and much of that comes down to Greg and his staff.’’
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