Mr Byrne was appointed to the post in July 1989 having previously
worked as the council's head of community services from 1978-86
and assistant general manager from 1986-89. He said: 'In
forward to exploring interesting new projects - although I haven't
made any definite plans yet.
'The past few years at Harlow have been extremely challenging and
exciting. We have faced some very difficult times, when the
council faced huge budget cuts, but we have also led the way with
developments such as the pioneering of neighbourhood offices and
'The new agenda for local government presents major new challenges
which will invigorate local councils beyond belief. While I
welcome these changes with open arms I believe the person who
leads their introduction in Harlow should be the person who will
implement them over a period of time.
'This is why, having been general manager for ten years to the
month, I feel it's time to hand over the reins.'
Council leader Michael Danvers commented, 'Dermot's personal
contribution to Harlow cannot be overestimated and there are many
developments around our town which will bear permanent testimony
to his hard work and creativity.
'As councillors we want to go on record to thank him for his
invaluable achievements for our community - and to wish him well
for the future.'
Harlow's treasurer David Waller will act in the role of general
manager while Mr Byrne's successor is appointed.