New Acting GM for Hornsby

Hornsby has to wait for Ku-ring-gai

Bob Stephens and Gary Bensley shake hands as the acting general manager powers are transferred, while Mayor Steve Russell watches.

Hornsby Shire Council has appointed a new acting general manager, as the maximum 12-month term of Gary Bensley has ended.

Legislation states that no individual can act as a council’s general manager for more than 12 months.

The new acting general manager is Infrastructure and Recreation Manager Bob Stephens, who is also deputy general manager.

“It would be pointless of Council to appoint a permanent general manager until we find out if we are going to be amalgamated,” Hornsby Shire Mayor Steve Russell said.

Obviously Council did not expect to spend this long in limbo

“Obviously Council did not expect to spend this long in limbo, but Ku-ring-gai Council’s court case against the NSW Government is still going and so we continue to wait.”

Mr Stephens has spent more than 25 years working in local and state government, including 13 years at Hornsby Shire Council.

“Bob has done an excellent job and has a good grasp of the issues facing the Shire, with a strong focus on customer service” Mayor Russell said.

“He is perfectly suited to the task of acting general manager and Council is looking forward to working more closely with him.”

Mayor Russell also thanked Mr Bensley for his contribution.

“Gary has done a great job steering Council through these uncertain times for local government and he deserves praise from the entire community,” Mayor Russell said.

Mr Bensley has returned to his position as Council’s corporate support manager and will continue as deputy general manager.

“It has been a privilege to act as Council’s general manager and I am grateful for the opportunity,” Mr Bensley said.

“I could not have done it alone and I wish to thank the councillors, Council’s staff and the local community for their support.”

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