The Katherine Town Council will likely start 2020 without a permanent chief, as the search for a replacement for preceding CEO Rob Jennings continues.
It has been nearly six months since Mr Jennings left the council, following a four year stint in Katherine, taking up a position as CEO at Alice Spring's Council.
Former long serving Katherine Town clerk Allan McGill stepped in to take the reins in July on a temporary basis until December 10, the last council meeting.
Since his appointment, the acting CEO has been a driving force behind the progress of many council projects, including the mishandled hot springs, which had been a bone of contention in the town for almost two years.
Though, a council spokeswoman has confirmed Mr McGill "is happy to come back and help if needed" while council scouts out replacements.
If Mr McGill was to leave, the council's Chief Operations Officer Claire Johansson would step up to the position.
With a legacy of achievements behind him, Mr Jennings said it had been a privilege to serve the community.
From securing millions of dollars in funding for a myriad of key projects to fighting for community safety and delivering on major projects, the Mayor of Katherine Fay Miller said it has been a "privilege" to work by his side.
"I thank him for the direction that he has given Katherine Town Council to ensure our sustainability," she said.
"Under his sound leadership we have established great working relationships especially with the NT Government and Federal Government.
"The elected members and I wish Robert and his family all the very best for the future and are very pleased that they will be remaining in the Territory."
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