Mayor Creed steps down
LONG-STANDING local government representative for the Gladstone region George Creed has resigned as Gladstone Regional Council’s mayor as his health has deteriorated while battling cancer.
His resignation was tendered at yesterday’s council meeting, effective immediately, with a by-election now to be held by November 27 for the mayoral position.
Mr Creed’s resignation follows unpaid sick leave since July 26. He had notified the public of his medical condition and underwent treatment with the expectation of making a full recovery.
Unfortunately, Mr Creed’s condition has deteriorated in recent weeks to the point where he and his family have made the decision announced yesterday.
In his letter to council CEO Graeme Kanofski, Mr Creed acknowledged the community support he had received during his long career in local government, which began in March, 1976.
“I wish to thank the former Calliope Shire community and, more recently, the Gladstone Regional Council community for your support,” Mr Creed wrote in his letter.
“It has been an honour and privilege to serve you for the past 34 years.”
Cr Sellers will continue to act as mayor until the by-election is concluded.
“It is incredibly unfair that Mayor George’s distinguished public service career has been cut short by ill health,” Cr Sellers said. “After 34 years in public life, no-one is more deserving of some quality family time.”
“The administrative processes for managing the by-election are under way and we have started the exercise to recruit a suitable returning officer,” Mr Kanofski said.
Mr Kanofski said the Creed family had asked for complete privacy at this time and had offered to act as a liaison and contact point and will collect all relevant messages on their behalf.
To send messages to Mr Creed and his family, email Mr Kanofski at email@example.com or leave messages on The Observer website.