HUNTERS Hill General Manager Barry Smith will retire this year after 22 years of service to the heritage municipality.
His retirement was announced last Thursday night and Hunters Hill Mayor Mark Bennett has released this tribute to him:
“Following a long career of public service within Local Government, Council was advised that General Manager Barry Smith will not be renewing his contract with Hunter’s Hill Council.
“His retirement becomes effective in September this year.
“Mr. Smith not only has almost 46 years of outstanding service to Local Government but has been a prominent figure within Hunters Hill for the past 22 years, providing strategic leadership through difficult times.
“He has continued to provide valuable counsel to the Council and our staff.
“I want to publicly thank Barry for his service and dedication to serving our community and helping to grow this Municipality.”
Mr Smith will perform the role of General Manager until September when the council will seek to fill the vacancy.
Mayor Bennett concedes it will be a challenge to find a replacement but Mr Smith has left the council in a strong position.
“Barry Smith has demonstrated leadership and energy during his time at Hunters Hill and he hands over a stronger team and organisation, well positioned for future opportunities and his legacy is one which Council can build on for a competitive, focused organisation which is committed to innovation and investment in the community service and infrastructure that are at the heart of this Municipality,” he said.
Mr Smith told The Weekly Times he will spend his retirement helping to look after a new grandchild and on gardening.
He leaves Hunters Hill with many friends.
“Those of us who know Barry personally admire him not only for his business efforts, but also for his personal lifetime values as a devoted husband, father and soon to be grandfather,” Mayor Bennett said.