George Town Council general manager to resign

Justine Brooks-Bedelph.
Justine Brooks-Bedelph.

George Town Council’s general manager Justine Brooks-Bedelph will leave her position having “exceeded all expectations”, mayor Bridget Archer says.

Mayor Bridget Archer announced on Sunday she had accepted the resignation of Ms Brooks-Bedelph.

In a statement posted to Facebook, Mrs Archer said she could not have asked for any more from the staffer during the 12 months she was in the role.

“Justine has systematically worked through issues and projects that have been in the ‘too hard basket” for over a decade and has proactively pursued initiatives to drive economic development into the future,” she said.

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“She is to be commended for her perseverance, courage and resourcefulness during her time at George Town Council and congratulated for the outstanding result she has delivered.

“We thank her for her efforts wish her every success and happiness in her future endeavors.”

Ms Brooks-Bedelph is set to take up a senior position within the aged care sector. 

Despite leaving her role within the council, she said she was “committed to the ongoing success of the George Town area”.

“The past twelve months have given me an opportunity to manage a transformative organisational restructure and restore the financial sustainability of the council,” she said.

“I accepted that challenge from the outset and am extremely proud of the achievements that have been made in that time despite involving extremely difficult decisions relating to personnel and the core activities of council.

“I will remain available to assist council to drive George Town forward in a strategic and positive manner and may even consider seeking representation in the upcoming local government elections.”

Among the projects Ms Brooks-Bedelph spearheaded during her time at the council include the Windmill Point recreation redevelopment, skate park youth engagement, all access toilet facilities across the municipal area, and the completion of upgrades to council chambers.

Mrs Archer said Ms Brooks-Bedelph would leave a lasting impression on the role.

“Council budget is almost $1 million dollars better off than a year ago, and council systems and processes have been overhauled,” she said.

“Her recent performance review indicated high level of satisfaction of her performance by elected members.” 

George Town Council will consider a replacement for the general manager position, including the process for recruitment and any transition arrangements at its August 15 meeting.