The Tasman District Council will be advertising for a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) following the recent resignation of the current CEO Paul Wylie to take up the same position in the Buller District.
“The recruitment process will start within the next few weeks,” said Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne.
“After considerable discussion and debate amongst the Councillors today, a majority decision was made to pursue this course of action as the best one for the organisation and community.
The appointment of a permanent CEO will ensure ongoing management and the delivery of Council decisions and obligations, which involves looking after a billion dollars worth of assets and providing essential services to Tasman residents and ratepayers.
“The timing and cost were issues discussed today in relation to the amalgamation proposal, however, the most important factor was the need maintain Council services to the community, and to provide direction and management of the organisation to meet the needs of the District.
“The Tasman District Council is a lean operation and interim management is not ideal with the current heavy workload the Council has to manage.
“There will be a short time when one of the current senior managers will provide temporary cover.
“The Council believes that the position will be well sought-after given the opportunities in the Tasman District.
“I believe this is a positive step for the future of our community,” said Mayor Kempthorne.