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Mayor Neil Tiller and Chief Executive Jack McKerchar have jointly announced that Mr McKerchar has submitted his resignation from the position of Chief Executive of the Kaipara District Council effective from 31 October.
Mayor Tiller advised the Council had accepted the resignation which has been tendered for personal and health reasons. “Jack has been with Council since 1993 and has achieved many significant outcomes for Council in that time” said Mayor Tiller. “We wish him well for the future and thank him for his loyal service to Council.”
Mr McKerchar noted he was not getting any younger and his health, affected by diabetes, was not as robust as he would like. “I want to increase my fitness and get the health benefits that will bring so I can lead an active and healthy life as I get older” said Mr McKerchar. “The stresses of the position mean I cannot devote the time I need for myself and this will give me an opportunity to do some things for myself, including supporting my family.”
Mr McKerchar went on to say he was very proud of his career with the Kaipara District Council “I have helped the Council and the community to achieve some significant outcomes during my time here” noted Mr McKerchar. He went on to note the changing of the Council’s operational service delivery, saving $4million over three years as the first of many successes. Other highlights included the Dargaville Town Hall upgrading, the new Council chambers, the Memorandum of Understanding with Te Uri o Hau and the co-governance arrangements with Te Roroa for the Taharoa Domain through to the leading edge wastewater scheme for Mangawhai and the new swimming pool in Dargaville. “These were all projects that the Council considered important and I was pleased to be able to help Council achieve the outcomes it wanted” commented Mr McKerchar.
In relation to the timing of his resignation Mr McKerchar stated that with the recruitment of the new executive team and operational managers the organisation was in good shape. “The Council now has strengthened capability in operational management and financial management and policy development” said Mr McKerchar. “It is a good time to leave knowing the organisation has the skills needed to succeed and achieve the Council’s outcomes.”
Mr McKerchar is going to continue living in Dargaville. He plans to take a break for a few months before deciding on his future.