City of Darwin CEO resigns

by | Dec 17, 2021 | News | 0 comments

Darwin council chief executive Scott Waters has resigned to pursue a job in Noosa, the city announced this morning.

Mr Waters leaves amid a restructure of council’s operations that he implemented but will not see through to the end. He started at council in early 2018.

Mr Waters’s resignation follows many other resignations at council this year, including a few general managers, work health and safety officers, PR people and executive assistants.

Mr Waters’s last day will be February 20, 2022.

In a statement, Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis heaped praise on Mr Waters, saying he will miss him.

“Scott has tackled challenges like helping guide City of Darwin through the pandemic and successfully managing initiatives which have helped our city weather the worst of the economic fall-out associated with COVID,” he said.

“He has helped shape Council’s extensive capital spends over three years, including last year’s $40 million capital budget and he did so with a zero per cent rate increase and with no increase in fees and charges.

“At a personal level I will miss the close working relationship we have developed in Scott’s time here, but I wish him every success on the Sunshine Coast.”

Mr Waters said in an email to staff that he is leaving to move back to Queensland “to be closer to family”. He said he knows that he made Darwin “a better place”.

“The work we’ve undertaken at City of Darwin for our community, the opportunities we’ve created and the challenges we’ve overcome, I firmly believe have made Darwin a better place,” Mr Waters said.

“In local government the work we undertake is always about the future and how we can all work together to deliver a better future for the Darwin community.

“Through the guidance of our Lord Mayor and aldermen, the administration at City of Darwin has achieved an extraordinary amount and I’m extremely proud of what we’ve delivered.”

 

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