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Viv May calls it a day

Posted Wednesday 24 July 2013

Viv May calls it a day

Council’s General Manager, Viv May, is retiring in September after working at Mosman Council for 43 years, including 27 years as General Manager.

Viv May has had an extraordinary influence over Council Administration. Mosman was the first Council in NSW to expose all outdoor works to competitive tendering which reduced Council employed day labour from over 100 to a specialised Core Group of six, with substantial ongoing savings to Council.

In the early 1990s Viv May was instrumental in the development of Council’s first strategic management plan, MOSPLAN well before the State Government made this mandatory for all councils. Indeed MOSPLAN served as a model for other Councils around Australia.

In recent years, Viv has overseen the development of the much loved facilities of the Mosman Art Gallery, the Mosman Swim Centre and the Drill Hall Complex including the Marie Bashir Mosman Sports Centre.

Over the years, Viv has worked with 15 Mayors and 13 elected Councils. This is a remarkably long and distinguished level of public service dedicated to the people of Mosman. For this he was awarded the Public Service Medal in the 1999 Australia Day Honours list.

Importantly Viv leaves behind a legacy of efficient and dedicated staff in whom we, the community, can have every confidence. Many senior Mosman officers, Max Glyde, John Carmichael. Mark MacDonald and Linda Horswell (and previously Kay Clarke) have worked with Viv as General Manager for over 20 years and their loyalty is a testimony to his respected leadership of the Council administration.

On behalf of Council and the community I wish Viv well as he moves on and in any future endeavours he may pursue.