Logan City chief of staff resigns

LOGAN City Council will lose another senior staff member with the resignation of Kirby Orr.

RESIGNED: Kirby Orr has resigned to move into public relations. Photo: Supplied

RESIGNED: Kirby Orr has resigned to move into public relations. Photo: Supplied

It follows the sacking of chief executive Sharon Kelsey and the recent charging of Logan mayor Cr Luke Smith with perjury and corruption.

Ms Orr said her decision was made months ago and had nothing to do with recent turmoil.

“I made my decision but it just never seemed like the right time to hand in my resignation,” she said.

“I didn’t want to leave anyone in the lurch.”

Ms Orr has worked for Logan for about two years, first as the council’s media and communications manager and then as chief of staff, whose role included providing support and guidance to the mayor, employed by the office of the CEO.

She said the decision was not made lightly.

“I have loved my time here and the opportunities it has given me,” she said.

“I have certainly learnt a lot but I have made the decision to return to the media and communications sector.”

Ms Orr said her exit date was still to be determined but was expected to come sometime during the next four to eight weeks, when there would be minimal disruption during handover.

Ms Orr tendered her resignation late last week.

Ms Kelsey was sacked in Februrary.

Cr Smith will face charges of perjury and corruption at Beenleigh Magistrate’s Court on April 17.

He is on annual leave until April 23. 

A replacement for Ms Orr is still to be appointed. 

Senior advisor Narelle Cowan is expected to take on Ms Orr’s duties.