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Kawerau keeps chief executive
18 September 2017

KAWERAU District Council re-appointed Russell George as its chief executive officer at an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday.

The Local Government Act requires councils to advertise the chief executive position every five years, with a possible two-year extension.

LGNZ Equip was engaged to provide external, executive recruitment services and the CEO position was advertised in July.

Mayor Malcolm Campbell said there was a large volume of high-calibre responses to the advertisements but Mr George proved to be the top candidate.

“Council recognised his strong financial stewardship, institutional local government knowledge and experience, as well as his long-term service, loyalty, and leadership, and his commitment to maintaining stability within council while pursuing future growth opportunities for the community of Kawerau.”

In agreement with the council, Mr George has been re-appointed for a four-year term instead of five years, to avoid clashing with a local body election and a chief executive review in the same year.

Source: Whakatane Beacon 

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