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TDC appoints Lindsay McKenzie as new CEO

January 24th, 2012
[from a TDC press release]

The Tasman District Council today announce the appointment of Lindsay McKenzie to the role of Chief Executive. Mr McKenzie is currently Chief Executive of Gisborne District Council.

"Throughout the process Councillors were united in the need to find someone who bought proven leadership with a focus on delivering sound community outcomes," said Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne. "Add to that an awareness and familiarity with the obligations and objectives of a unitary authority and I believe the Council has made a sound choice.

"Lindsay comes to Tasman with a proven track record and is a highly-experienced Chief Executive Officer who has delivered in a District not dissimilar to Tasman. He is well aware of the current challenges facing the district and his experience will prove invaluable as we continue to deliver affordable and sustainable development and face the challenges of recovering from the recent natural disaster.

"The appointment ensures the Council's ability to maintain its focus on key issues for the Tasman District."

Mr McKenzie said is looking forward to the role. "I am ready for the challenges ahead. While I will miss my friends and workmates in Gisborne, I am really looking forward to returning to the south and contributing to the communities within Tasman District."

Dennis Bush-King, Council's Environment and Planning Manager, has been Acting Chief Executive for Tasman since the departure of Paul Wylie to the Buller District Council in September last year.

"Dennis has admirably filled the role of Acting Chief Executive and we are very grateful for his considerable effort and energy. He is a highly valued member of our senior team." says Mayor Kempthorne.

Mr McKenzie has a three-month notice to complete his work with Gisborne, and there will be arrangements between both Councils to ensure a smooth transition to his new role.


Comment by John Westall:
[Posted 29 January 2011]

As Dennis Bush King has done such a good job as acting CEO, why is he not being the job full time ??? Instead we are importing one from from a council which has just granted consents to an oil exploration company, WITHOUT any consultation with the Mayor or the public.

I already felt the TDC were acting to hastily in appointing a new CEO before the amalgamation farce was settled, and nothing has emerged with this appointment to ease that concern.

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