VACATING: Council director Graham O'Byrne has left his role with Southern Downs Regional Council after a brief stint.
VACATING: Council director Graham O'Byrne has left his role with Southern Downs Regional Council after a brief stint. Contributed

More changes in the top ranks for council

THE merry-go-round in the top echelons of Southern Downs Regional Council has continued with a shock resignation.

Council's Director for Infrastructure Graham O'Byrne is believed to have handed in his resignation last Friday.

The reasons are unclear, with council refusing to comment on the nature of the departure.

Mr O'Byrne follows ex-director planning, environment and corporate services Ken Harris and former engineering services chief Peter See out the council door since the beginning of 2018.

"Graham O'Byrne has resigned from his position as Director of Infrastructure Services at SDRC,” an SDRC spokesperson confirmed.

"Council would like to thank Mr O'Byrne for his contribution during his time with SDRC, particularly in regards to water and water management during this time of drought, and wish him all the best for the future.”

His resignation comes only eight months after he was appointed.

Before landing in Warwick, Mr O'Byrne had been the general manager at Cairns Regional Council where he managed 250 staff and a budget of $150 million.

Prior to that he worked in the private sector as the national operations manager for WENGFU Australia, as the chief executive officer of Spectran.

In other roles he was employed by Jemena, Impact Fertilisers, Hydro Tasmania, Ionik Consultation and Johnstone, McGee and Gandy.

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