But­ler re­turn­ing as In­terim Gen­eral Man­ager

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ROBERT MUIR

For­mer Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil Di­rec­tor In­fra­struc­ture and En­vi­ron­ment Adrian But­ler, who quit Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil in May this year, will be the coun­cil’s In­terim Gen­eral Man­ager from De­cem­ber 1.

Mr But­ler’s tem­po­rary ap­point­ment was de­cided at yes­ter­day’s ex­tra­or­di­nary meet- ing of Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil, af­ter coun­cil­lors discussed the topic be­hind closed doors for 80 minutes, and on the mo­tion of coun­cil­lors Fred Long­mire and Andrew Kennedy.

“It wasn’t a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion,” Mayor Pat Bourke told the Free Press.

“But there was ob­vi­ously a ma­jor­ity. I wanted to stay out of the dis­cus­sion for the gen­eral man­ager po­si­tion for ob­vi­ous rea­sons.”

Coun­cil­lor Bourke and Mr But­ler were the mayor and gen­eral man­ager re­spec­tively of the Urana Shire Coun­cil im­me­di­ately prior to amal­ga­ma­tion with Corowa Shire Coun­cil in May, 2016.

At age 40, Mr But­ler was ap­pointed as Com­mer­cial De­vel­op­ment Man­ager with Wagga City Coun­cil soon af­ter ceas­ing with Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil.

His six month con­tract with Wagga is un­der­stood to cease at the end of this month.

“He is very pop­u­lar,” Mayor Bourke said. “But I do thank Peter (Gall cur­rently In­terim Gen­eral Man­ager) for his ser­vices. I have been very im­pressed with him.”

A plan to have a new per­ma­nent Gen­eral Man­ager of Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil on duty by

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