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Wellington City Council seeking new chief executive

The Wellington City Council is looking for a new chief executive. The advertisement for a “large and complex leadership role” was published in Saturday’s DomPost.

The contract of the current chief executive Kevin Lavery ends in October. His original five-year contract was extended in October 2017 for a further two years.

Announcing the extension, mayor Justin Lester said:

“I’m very pleased that Kevin has agreed to stay on and continue the great work he is doing for our city. Kevin has been a strong leader for our Council staff and has good experience as a Chief Executive.”

And the DomPost reported:

According to Local Government New Zealand, chief executives are employed on fixed-term contracts that are limited to five years, although the term can be extended for another two years following a formal performance review. Giving Lavery another five-year contract would require his job to be re-advertised.

CEO magazine reported:

His experience in local government dates back to his first chief executive role, when he was council CEO of his home town of Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK. He has also overseen major transformational projects, having been chief executive of Cornwall Council when it merged with six other councils in 2009. Kevin managed the transition and the first four and a half years of the unified council.

His Wellington City Council job is now being advertised as leading

the delivery of services, with a continuous improvement focus. The job requires vision, commercial astuteness, people leadership, political awareness, financial oversight, iwi partnership development, and outstanding community and stakeholder involvement.

Appliocations close on September 6, two months before the expiry of Kevin Lavery’s extended contract.

Lavery’s predecessor as WCC chief executive was Garry Poole, who moved on to become chief executive of the Tauranga City Council, which decided not to renew his contract at the end of his initial five year term. He left the job a year ago. After his departure, the Waikato Times reported on a bad workplace culture during his term. It quoted Tauranga’s deputy mayor Kelvin Clout as saying: “Garry Poole had issues with his computer literacy. It’s fair to say that’s unusual in today’s climate.” And a councillor said Poole’s executive assistants were performing tasks outside their job description which resulted in the team burning out or leaving.

1 comment:

  1. Polly, 21. August 2019, 16:05

    He might have been a good leader for the council staff (though a number of the good ones have left) but he has not been a good leader for the councillors or the ratepayers.