Mark Ferguson opens about his exit from Northern Beaches Council


Source: Robbie Patterson, Manly Daily

Northern Beaches Council’s outgoing CEO Mark Ferguson.

Northern Beaches Council’s outgoing CEO Mark Ferguson.

Council CEO Mark Ferguson opens about his sudden exit from Northern Beaches Council

OUTGOING council CEO Mark Ferguson has dispelled rumours that a rift between himself and Mayor Michael Regan led to his exit.

Mr Ferguson, speaking for the first time since councillors voted to terminate his contract of about $470,000 a year, giving him more than 38 weeks payment as settlement, said: “It was a mutual decision.

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan. Picture: (AAP Image/Joel Carrett)

“The notion of a fractious relationship between the Mayor and myself is not correct.

“It was time for the council, if it desired, to have a new direction ... I have respected the decision ... but likewise, I had a contract to 2020.”

Cr Regan said any notion he was trying to push Mr Ferguson out was “simply not true”.

It comes as former Manly mayor Jean Hay said during her time as one of three chief advisers to administrator Dick Persson it appeared the CEO’s “days were numbered right from the start”.

“I felt from day one there has always been an animosity between the powers that be on Warringah and Pittwater councils, and when Mark (formerly at Pittwater council) was appointed I don’t think it went down well with some of the people connected with former Warringah council,” Mrs Hay said.

“There has been animosity between the old Warringah and the old Pittwater and from different things said to me prior to the council elections, I sort of got the feeling that some of them, if they had the opportunity, they wouldn't keep Mark on.”

Full story on ‘Behind the Ferguson decision’ in Saturday’s Manly Daily and at


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