THE boss of the Bass Coast Shire Council will quit the top job in the coming months, as he approaches five years in the role.
On Monday morning, council chief executive officer (CEO) Paul Buckley notified staff he will be leaving in mid-February 2019.
His contract expires on February 16, 2019, and he’s told staff he won’t be seeking an extension to the contract.
In an internal email, Mr Buckley said the decision was made with some sadness and trepidation.
“The past five years at Bass Coast have been some of the most rewarding and enjoyable years of my career,” he wrote in the email.
“I am very proud of what we, as an organisation, have achieved.
“Our organisation is made up of quality people that demonstrate a strong commitment to making a positive difference in the community and that is the main reason that I will be sad about leaving.”
In the email, the CEO also praised councillors.
“We are also currently very fortunate to have a council that is determined to work in partnership with us to deliver quality outcomes for the community.”
He admitted he’s “not really sure” what the future looks like, but he is ready to stop working full-time.
Mr Buckley plans to take an extended break with his wife, and then look for opportunities to contribute to the community.
He said this would most likely be on a part-time basis.
“I will talk more about my time here before I leave, but thank you for making my time at Bass Coast the enjoyable experience it has been.”
It’s understood Mr Buckley also notified several CEOs at other Gippsland councils of his resignation.
Prior to Bass Coast, Mr Buckley was the CEO at the City of Latrobe.
Mr Buckley went up against more than 50 candidates for the top job at Bass Coast when the council searched for a replacement for Allan Bawden.