City of Logan’s Mayor Darren Power will end his 27-year local government career next March, saying he’s proud to have restored integrity and transparency at the once troubled council.
Cr Power was born in Melbourne but moved to Queensland in 1991 and was elected to Council in 1997.
He was elected Mayor in March 2020 after a turbulent time for the City, which saw eight councillors charged with fraud (the charges were later dropped by the DPP), the sacking of Council and an interim period of administration.
As one of the remaining four Councillors not charged, Cr Power served on an advisory committee to the interim Administrator.
Cr Power says he’s proud of his achievements, including working to create a culture of good and transparent leadership, delivering four strong budgets and steering the city through the worst flood in 50 years.
He’s also happy to have finalised the 2025 Logan Plan which sets a blueprint for the city’s growth development over the next decade.
“I’ve been shaping this city for 27 years as an elected representative and I think it’s now time for other people to step up,” he said in a statement.
“I’m confident my decisions, and the arguments I put forward, have stood the test of time. It’s all been based on what’s best for the city.”
Cr Power will see out his full term and retire at the council elections at March 16, 2024.
CEO Darren Scott said Cr Power had shown an outstanding commitment to the city and to creating a unified Council.
“Even at the end of his term, his passion for good financial management and whole of-city decision-making has been clear,” he said.
Cr Power Served for three years as a Special Forces Commando in the Australian Army, earning his green beret and parachute wings, and pent five years in Logan City Council’s Environmental Health Department as an officer before becoming an elected representative.
He was part of the community action group that stopped the Daisy Hill tollway in the mid-1990s, which led to the preservation of the Daisy Hill Conservation Park and the nature corridor through the city’s east.
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