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Published: 2013-03-07 00:00:00

The Waikato Regional Council chief executive role will be advertised later this month.

Under the Local Government Act a council cannot appoint a chief executive for more than five years. The current five year contract under which chief executive Bob Laing is employed will expire in November and the role must be advertised.

Chairman Peter Buckley said the council today considered what it needed to do ahead of the chief executive’s contract ending.

“As this is an election year, the council has been giving careful thought to the timelines it will need to keep to ensure the chief executive appointment is finalised before the new council is elected in October,” he said.

“With this in mind, the council will be advertising the position before the end of March.”

The council has asked Mr Laing to apply. 

The CEO KPI remuneration subcommittee comprising Crs Buckley, Laurie Burdett, Phillip Legg and Russ Rimmington have been given delegated authority to set up the recruitment process and short list applicants, with the full council conducting the final interviews and making the appointment. A recruitment consultant will manage the process.

The council anticipates making an appointment by early May.

The advertisement, position description and briefing information will be on the council website