Today Council’s General Manager Russ Pigg has announced his retirement plans to the Mayor and Councillors. Russ has advised that he will continue working in February and March before a period of long service leave and retire from 10/8/19.
After spending over 42 years in the industry with 27 years of this as either a Shire Clerk or General Manager, the time has come to move into retirement.
Russ Pigg said “I have enjoyed serving the Shoalhaven community since July 2001 as the Assistant General Manager and General Manager since January 2003.”
“I am proud of what Council and our wonderful staff, have achieved over these years. The renewal of sports fields and sporting facilities, including the development of the Nowra Aquatic Centre, Bay and Basin Leisure Centre and Sussex Inlet Aquatic Centre.”
“The development of arts and cultural precincts including the Regional Art Gallery and Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre and well as the redeveloped Ulladulla Civic Centre.”
“The construction of strategic road assets including Main Road 92, St Georges Basin by-pass, Turpentine Road and Forest Road.”
“I was also pleased that we were able to work through the Merger Proposal with Kiama Council and remain a stand-alone Council and achieve a sustainable future with the approval of the IPART application”
“It is a role that has its challenges but is also very fulfilling, especially when great outcomes are achieved for the community”
“It is now time for me to enjoy other things that life has to offer and allow for a new General Manager to have 12 months to settle into the role before the next Council elections”
“It has been a privilege to be part of a progressive organisation with a team of dedicated and professional staff who do the heavy lifting and make it all happen.”
“I thank the four Mayors: Amanda Findley, Jo Gash, Paul Green and Greg Watson and the 16 hardworking Directors who have worked with me over the past 16 years as GM.”
Mayor Amanda Findley said “It has been a pleasure to work with Russ over the time that I have been a Councillor and Mayor of Shoalhaven City.”
“Russ is a dedicated, passionate and positive GM who is considered and measured in his approach.”
“He provides sound advice and has guided our Council and Council staff professionally and with community needs at the forefront of his mind”
“The role of GM is diverse, busy, challenging and needs significant balance. Russ has performed this role exceptionally well over his time with Shoalhaven Council. He will be missed by us all and the 1000+ Council staff at our Council offices and depots throughout the City. “
“On behalf of Council I wish him the very best for this well deserved next stage of his life, whatever the future may hold.”