10. Ray Burton
Competent and capable, the council chief executive has grown into his role since taking up the position about two and a half years ago. It has been a difficult and challenging task to merge the former Thuringowa and Townsville City administrations. He has also had to endure criticism over policies on rates that have not been welcomed by ratepayers. The challenge for Mr Burton is to look forward and put the unrest behind the council administration after a tough period.