Shock of resignations: the CEO of the board resigns
Long-serving Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council CEO Peter Tegart has resigned.
Just two days after the first meeting of the new council on Wednesday January 14, news of his shock resignation arrived yesterday in a memo to fellow councilors from two-day mayor Kendrick Winchester.
‘CityNews’ understands Cr Winchester was told of the resignation the day after the meeting that elected him mayor.
In addition, ‘CityNews’ also understands that Mr Tegart’s resignation was made and accepted by former Mayor Tim Overall just before the December 4 NSW local council elections. Mr Overall, who had held the top job for 13 years, was retiring in this election, but no public mention was made at the time of Mr Tegart’s intention to leave after nearly seven years as CEO. He joined the then Queanbeyan Council as Managing Director on July 6, 2015.
Mr. Overall and Mr. Tegart managed the controversial, government-forced merger of Queanbeyan Council with Palerang Regional Council. The merger was considered to have been more successful than the merger turmoil other councils experienced in 2016–17. The council received the prestigious AR Bluett Award in 2020, which Mr. Overall says is a testament to the council’s ability to adapt to a changing environment.
“It’s rewarding to be part of a board that works closely with the leadership team and with the knowledgeable board staff working together on an agreed strategic plan to achieve,” Mr. Overall told “CityNews ” in October.
It is understood that Mr Tregart will leave at the end of next month, leaving the inexperienced new board to find a replacement. “CityNews” is also advised that Mr. Tegart’s resignation is unlikely to be the only departure from the ranks of the board’s senior executives.
Mr. Tegart has many years of experience in leadership positions in local and federal government, and has served on industry, professional, academic and community councils.