Viv May admits he did had no idea how good Armidale was before he arrived here.
Admittedly it is something that many local residents can take for granted, and the departing council administrator noted that there are plenty who are negative about our city.
In June he arrived as intirim administrator, and he departs six months later with some encourging words for our region.
On Friday our senior journalist Vanessa Arundale interviewed Viv on his last day in the job and he spoke enthusiastically about the delights of country living and the natural beauty of the area.
Regarding what's happening inside the council, we have published in full Viv's final address to the council. You can read it here.
Meanwhile, the other intirim council leader - general manager John Rayner - will be hanging around a little longer.
We now look on with interest as the remaining councillors return to the chamber, where one of their first duties will be to elect a new mayor. We wish them well.
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