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Harlow DC today announced that its general manager (chief executive) Dermot Byrne is to take early retirement at th...
Harlow DC today announced that its general manager (chief executive) Dermot Byrne is to take early retirement at the end of this month.

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

many ways I feel very sad to be leaving, but I'm also looking

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

area committees.

'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.

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