Kiama Council is on the hunt for a new general manager after officially announcing the resignation of Kerry McMurray.
The announcement on Monday night follows weeks of uncertainty over the future of Mr McMurray.
On December 13, after the Mercury posed questions surrounding an extraordinary meeting, including whether Mr McMurray had been dismissed from his role, Kiama council issued a brief statement through a public relations company which stated that the "general manager is currently on leave and remains in his position as of today".
Mr McMurray's reign as general manager and CEO of Blue Haven is now officially over, just short of three years after being appointed to the positions on April 10, 2018.
"It is with regret that I announce that Kerry McMurray has resigned from the position of General Manager of Kiama Municipal Council effective from today," a statement from Kiama Mayor Mark Honey said.
Mr McMurray was praised for his role in stopping the state government's proposal to merge Kiama with Shoalhaven City Council.
"Kerry was instrumental in leading Council's response including organising the merger plebiscite which resulted in 96 per cent of our community voting 'No' to the merger. He played a key role preparing Council's submission to demonstrate we could meet the seven 'Fit for Future' benchmarks," Cr Honey said.
He said Mr McMurray's enduring legacy was Blue Haven Bonaira.
"Kerry was successful in raising $60m from TCORP, the largest loan approved by TCORP to a Council, to enable the financing of the Blue Haven Bonaira development. At $106 million this was the largest building project undertaken by a Council in Australia in the last two years."
Kiama Council will now start the process of recruiting a new general manager. Until an appointment is made, the role of Acting General Manager will be filled from within the existing leadership team.
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