29 May 2022

Colette Byrne, Chief Executive of Kilkenny County Council, to step down from role

Since August 2015, Colette has served as Chief Executive here in Kilkenny

 Colette Byrne, Chief Executive of Kilkenny County Council, to step down from role

Chief Executive of Kilkenny County Council, Colette Byrne

Kilkenny County Council Chief Executive Colette Byrne has announced that she will not seek to renew her contract with the local authority and will be stepping down from her role at the end of her current term.

Originally from Dunlavin in County Wicklow, Colette moved around the South-East and Midlands when she started working in local authorities in 1982.

She began working in Kildare County Council, and moved onto Waterford County Council in 1991, where she spent over 20 years. 

In 2014, Colette became Chief Executive in Offaly County Council and came to Kilkenny in August 2015 as Kilkenny County Council’s Chief Executive.

Colette lives with ‘her boys’ in Waterford, but Kilkenny has been proud to claim her as one of our own. 

Her drive and passion to ‘get the job done’ is unmatched and her tenacity and unrivalled desire to make Kilkenny a better place to live and do business in over the years has made a tremendous difference locally.

Her favourite part of the job? Seeing people enjoy and make memories in facilities and amenities provided by the local authority.

Colette also chairs the National Library Development Committee and the Communication Working for the local authority. 

As chair of the Civic Trust in Kilkenny, she was delighted to see the success of the Catwalk Project, launched on Kilkenny Day, 2021.

There was palpable shock to be felt amongst elected members in Kilkenny’s Watergate Theatre yesterday when she made the big announcement.

The timing of the Chief Executive's announcement allows procedures can put in place for the election of a successor following her departure.

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