CEO now back at his desk

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Bar­clay White Bar­clay.White@south­bur­nett­times.com.au

THE first email North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil CEO Mark Pitt sent to staff af­ter re­turn­ing to work five months af­ter a se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent had very lit­tle to do with work.

But for the life-long Star Wars fan, he couldn’t avoid bring­ing up his favourite film se­ries on his first day back.

“The sub­ject line said May the Fourth be with you,” Mr Pitt said.

He said it was a happy co­in­ci­dence that he re­turned to his desk on May 4 (A day cel­e­brated by Star Wars fans world­wide) but one that he couldn’t help but men­tion.

“I thought to my­self if I sent any­thing else they wouldn’t think it was re­ally me,” he laughed.

Mr Pitt was happy to be back at his job af­ter five months of in­tense re­cov­ery stem­ming from an ac­ci­dent while hol­i­day­ing in Cal­i­for­nia last year.

His neck was bro­ken, his kid­neys were bruised and sev­eral bones were bro­ken when a car hit him in De­cem­ber.

Bed rid­den af­ter the ac­ci­dent, he had to learn to do the ba­sic tasks again that he pre­vi­ously took for granted.

“I had to learn to walk again,” he said.

“There were some dark days.”

He said he liked to keep him­self busy through­out his re­cov­ery and had his head buried in books to keep his mind ac­tive.

But he was happy to be

Mark Pitt

I had to learn to walk again.

back at work and was look­ing for­ward to sink­ing his teeth in to sev­eral up­com­ing coun­cil projects.

PHOTO: BAR­CLAY WHITE

HE'S BACK: Five months af­ter be­ing hit by a car, Mark Pitt is back as CEO of the coun­cil.

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