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Published: 2008-07-31 00:00:00

Environment Waikato is to re-advertise the position of chief executive.

The Local Government Act requires all councils to consider and publicly advertise their CEO position at least every five years.

As required by law, the council advertised the position in May. Following interviews, the incumbent chief executive, Harry Wilson, was offered the position but decided not to accept the appointment.

Mr Wilson’s contract expires on 31 August 2008.

At its meeting in Hamilton today, the council resolved to resume the recruitment process. The position will be advertised next week in major New Zealand newspapers and on the internet.

A recruitment sub-committee comprising chairman Peter Buckley, deputy chairman John Fisher and councillor Laurie Burdett has been established to oversight the initial part of the recruitment process. The committee will recommend a short-list of candidates to the full council to determine the process for final interviews and appointment.

Meanwhile, deputy chief executive Clare Crickett will be acting chief executive until a new CEO takes up the post.