The JCU Townsville Fire’s Chair, Jayne Arlett, has confirmed that she will stand down from her position with the club after announcing her candidacy for the Mayor’s role with Townsville City Council.
Earlier this month, Ms Arlett announced that she would be seeking the Mayor’s position at next year’s election, and with the Fire committed to being an apolitical organisation, she would stand down while campaigning and would be replaced by Deputy Chair, Michelle Morton.
Ms Morton will serve as the Acting Chair, while Glenys Schuntner will be appointed Acting Deputy Chair.
“I have informed the board of my intention to step aside – effective immediately – to avoid any perceived conflict of interests,” Ms Arlett said.
“Working with the team at the Fire to rebuild the club from the ground up into the success it is today has been a joy and a privilege.
“The Board of the JCU Townsville Fire is extremely competent and I am comfortable that I am leaving the Fire in expert hands and that the team will continue to go from strength to strength.
“The Fire will always hold a special place in my heart and I will remain their number one fan. I step aside on the best of terms confident the club is well placed to continue its incredible success on and off the court.”
Ms Morton said the JCU Townsville Fire Board had accepted Ms Arlett’s decision and thanked her for her service to the club.
“Jayne and the Board has worked tirelessly over the past five years to build the club, saving it from collapse and transforming the Fire into the championship winning team it is today,” Ms Morton said.
“Our crowds are the highest in the league, membership and revenue is up significantly and confidence is sky-high within the club that we will continue our stunning success into the future.
“The club, the Board and our supporters thank Jayne for her outstanding contribution during her time at the helm of the Fire.”