ALBURY Council’s upper management level shake-up has commenced with long-serving director James Jenkins announcing his retirement.
He will officially depart council on July 1 next year, but will begin extended leave after attending his final council meeting on Monday.
After studying at Melbourne University, Mr Jenkins joined council in 1983 as tree maintenance foreman before rising up the ranks to his appointment as director of the community and recreation department in 2008 by former general manager Les Tomich.
The major projects he has overseen include Murray Art Museum Albury and further redevelopment of QEII Square following the opening of the library-museum in 2007.
Also, the creation of the Lavington Library within the Zauner Tower and laying the groundwork for the Lavington Sportsground redevelopment and pending further improvements in riverfront areas of the city.
“He has left an indelible mark on the community and been a wonderful servant of the organisation,” mayor Kevin Mack said.
“Always passionate and highly professional, James has dedicated his work to improving the community and, within council, he’s always enjoyed the greatest respect and admiration of his colleagues for his knowledge, enthusiasm and supportive nature.
“Our yearly street tree planting program, which has beautified so many local neighbourhoods, is just one example of how James’s vision helped to enhance the city.
“As a council and a community we owe him a debt of gratitude.
“On behalf of my fellow councillors, the staff and the community, I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you to James and to offer our best wishes to him and his family.”
Mr Jenkins is one of four council directors presently with the others being Michael Keys (planning and environment), Brad Ferris (engineering) and Tracey Squire (tourism and economic development).
Ms Squire is presently acting general manager with Frank Zaknich taking a stint of leave.
One of the deputy CEO role’s would be in charge of business, growth and community and the other infrastructure, planning and environment.
The changes will take effect on July 1 next year.
Consultants Blackadder Associates were appointed to undertake the external review.
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