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Outsourcing of libraries – a focus of city council’s new chief executive

Outsourcing of libraries has been one of the focuses of Kevin Lavery, the Englishman who is to be the new chief executive of the Wellington City Council, according to Radio New Zealand.

On Morning Report this morning, UK correspondent Olly Barratt said that Dr Lavery, the chief executive of Cornwall Council in south-west England, has pushed to outsource to private companies council services like libraries, payroll services, benefit payments and IT services. He said some of the proposals proved so controversial that the leader of the council was forced to resign.

Liberal Democrat councillor Robert Nolan told Morning Report that outsourcing is a pet project of Dr Lavery’s. “He doesn’t give up on things,” Mr Nolan said.

Read RadioNZ’s report here [1].

The DomPost reports [2] that Dr Barratt has a reputation for cost-cutting. He was one of a group of short-listed candidates who were interviewed by councillors after making presentations.