Bunbury city councillor Joel McGuinness has handed in his resignation from Bunbury City Council.

Cr McGuinness is heading east to take up a position as chief executive officer of the Geelong Performing Arts Centre.

The former Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre general manager joined the council in 2014 and has been a well-known face in the city through his involvement in a number of events such as the upcoming Bunbury Fringe Festival.

Cr McGuiness said he was sad to be leaving Bunbury, but was looking forward to a new opportunity.

“I am incredibly excited about this opportunity to work at CEO level as part of another awesome community in Geelong, yet of course I will miss Bunbury and the great friendships and connections made here over the past seven years,” Cr McGuinness said.

“I love Bunbury and the community here and am incredibly proud of our achievements in arts and culture, as well as my contribution as part of the city council.”

Mayor Gary Brennan said Cr McGuinness would be missed and wished him well with his new role.

“Joel has been a very passionate advocate for the arts and the community prior to and during his time on council,” Mr Brennan said.

Cr McGuinness will finish up with the council in early March and chief executive officer Mal Osborne will prepare a report for the council detailing options for the vacancy.