Mackay Regional Council CEO Brett Heyward
Mackay Regional Council CEO Brett Heyward Louise Starkey

Mackay council CEO sacked after four weeks in the job

MACKAY Regional Council has sacked its CEO Brett Heyward.

Mr Heyward had his first day on the job at council on October 6.

Mayor Deirdre Comerford said it would be inappropriate to go into specifics, but the decision had the full support of councillors.

"My colleagues and I discussed the matter at length and felt this was in the best interests of the organisation and the community," she said.

This council has achieved a number of goals in this current term and it is vitally important that we continue to work together in achieving outcomes for the community.

Cr Comerford acknowledged it was bitterly disappointing that the appointment of Mr Heyward didn't work out.

"Councillors and I are prepared to show strong, courageous leadership to do what is right for our community," Cr Comerford said.

When he was announced as the new CEO in September, Mayor Deirdre Comerford said Mr Heyward was "selected from a strong field of 79 candidates and had an approachable leadership style".

Yesterday Cr Comerford said it would be "inappropriate to go into specifics" about the decision but said she had the full support of councillors.

"My colleagues and I discussed the matter at length and felt this was in the best interests of the organisation and the community," she said.

Council has achieved a number of goals in this current term and it is vitally important that we continue to work together in achieving outcomes for the community, she said.

Cr Comerford is hoping a replacement will be appointed quickly as there was a talented pool of well-credentialed short listed candidates identified during the recruitment process.

Council hopes to be in a position to announce a replacement within coming weeks.

"Council services and functions will continue as normal under our talented leadership group and committed workforce," Cr Comerford said.

Jason Devitt will be the Acting CEO until the new CEO is appointed.



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