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Singleton’s loss is Maitland City Council’s gain

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Singleton’s loss is Maitland City Council’s gain following the shock resignation of general manager Jason Linnane.

After eight years in the role, the Kurri Kurri Bulldogs rugby league legend will take up the responsibility of director city services with the Lower Hunter organisation.

Mayor Sue Moore praised Mr Linnane for his dedication to Singleton.

“He’s left our council in a strong position,” she said.

“Jason’s focus on developing systems, processes and people to ensure the sustainability of the operations of council, including particular attention to staff wellbeing, financial management and a culture of continuous improvement, has laid a solid foundation for the future of our community and the organisation.

 “I consider myself fortunate to have worked alongside him in his time as general manager and have appreciated his support and advice.

“I wish him all the best as he moves on to a new chapter.

“We have started the conversation to plan the recruitment process for his replacement.

“And, I have no doubt we’ll attract a big and suitably-qualified pool of contenders all vying to lead Singleton to even more success.”

Mr Linnane, a 30-year local government veteran, guided council and the community through a significant period of change and challenges, not least the COVID pandemic, natural disasters and the start of serious conversations—and action—about the region’s economic evolution.

But, he said it was working with the amazing group of people at Singleton Council to deliver outcomes to help make residents proud of where they live, from major multi-million-dollar infrastructure projects through to the simplicity of how pretty the town looks, that gave him the most satisfaction.

“I’ve enjoyed every minute of serving the people of Singleton,” he claimed.

“There are plenty of achievements that will always be highlights for me no matter where I go, including winning the prestigious Bluett Award in 2023 and helping our councillors establish the Singleton Legacy Fund.

“I’m always mindful of the important role council has in our community… and we’ve seen some amazing outcomes for our residents including tens of millions of dollars in investment in sports grounds, recreational facilities, playgrounds, arts and culture centre, upgrades to water and sewer infrastructure, roads and drainage improvements – the list goes on.

“However, an opportunity has arisen for me personally and I seriously believe it’s time for someone new to take Singleton to where it needs to go in its next phase.”

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