Council to advertise CEO's job

Current chief executive Garry Poole will be re-applying for his role coming April 2018. File Photo.

The process to appoint a new chief executive will soon be underway, when Garry Poole’s five-year contract ends in April 2018.

Under the Local Government Act, the Tauranga City Council is required to either re-appoint Garry for a further two years, or publicly advertise the chief executive role on a five-year contract.

Mayor Greg Brownless says councillors have chosen to advertise the role instead of re-appointing Garry for a further two years to ensure council has long-term leadership.

“Our current chief executive has proven to be very capable and competent in the role and has contributed greatly to the growth and management of Tauranga city. This decision is not a reflection on his performance,” says Greg.

“As a council, we have a lot of major projects underway and elected members believe it is important that we have the certainty that a full appointment process and five-year contract would give.

“The option of a shorter-term was not desirable, as the timing would have meant an appointment process taking place during the next local body elections.”

He says a recruitment company will be engaged to support councillors who will appoint the successful candidate.

“We will be running a robust process and we are confident there will be a lot of high-quality applicants to ensure we have the best possible person for the job.

“While this process is undertaken, Garry has our complete support to carry out his duties.”

Garry was appointed the role of chief executive in April 2013, after previously holding the position of chief executive at Wellington council for 15 years.

He has confirmed he will re-apply for the role, and is focused on continuing council’s positive momentum.

“I am really proud of the work we have done over the past five years and I’m excited by the potential for Tauranga City Council looking forward,” says Garry.

“We have some important matters in front of council at the moment and it is great to have the mandate of Councillors to continue pushing ahead with these initiatives.”

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Mayor Greg

Posted on 24-10-2017 00:10 | By MISS ADVENTURE

His math seems a little bit overloaded, for no apparent reason worried that a two year contract would mean it would end in the midst of the following election. I appreciate that going from doing math with really big numbers like "5" is a lot harder than with up to and include a "2" but really!!! he obviously had a lapse of memory or cant add beyond a "2". The elections are 3 years apart, so that is going to drop it in the middle of an election anyway. The obvious alternate decision is to renew for 2 years then again so as to step away from the election year. However a better option would be to have all Councillors and the Mayor and CEO all just resign and make way for the Commissioners of this bankrupt Council. God-save-the-Ratepayer,-as-no-one-else-wants-to,-10/4-out!

Commissioners needed

Posted on 21-10-2017 17:32 | By MISS ADVENTURE

To stop the rapidly increasing debt, the inane stupids at City Hall. God-save-the-Ratepayer,-as-no-one-else-wants-to,-10/4-out!

@ Capt_Kaveman

Posted on 20-10-2017 12:43 | By MISS ADVENTURE

Yes, Commissioners, long overdue and desperately needed.

what performance lol

Posted on 18-10-2017 22:45 | By Capt_Kaveman

lol i think its time the govt kicked them all out and appoint govt control

@ Poppa-lick-it

Posted on 18-10-2017 14:48 | By MISS ADVENTURE

have, indepth and from all angles. my comments are about "why" and that is not in teh Act, perhaps you missed that obvious factor, you know the bit requiring "thinking, objectivity, realism, facts and a few other essentials. Bit much was it, sorry. You obviously have no comprehension about "why" they are doing it and the consequences of.


Posted on 17-10-2017 10:59 | By Papamoaner

Read the Local Government Act. You might learn something.

Rigged Advertisement

Posted on 16-10-2017 22:03 | By MISS ADVENTURE

The articale above is clear, the Mayr says it ... already decided teh outcome, the reappointment, dont want anyone better, just want more of the same. God-save-the-Ratepayer,-as-no-one-else-wants-to,-10/4-out!


Posted on 15-10-2017 09:11 | By Papamoaner

What? Are you advocating the minister of police also be the commissioner? And the minister of health do some theatre work on the end of a scalpel? You are sounding like Misadventure now - he has no idea how councils operate either. @Misadventure - read the newspaper. The position was advertised while you were asleep.

There we have it !!!!!

Posted on 14-10-2017 00:35 | By MISS ADVENTURE

Clear as can be, the decision is already made and the advertising has not even gone out. Of course they will then announce after a compelte thorough and rigious review of all applicants that you guessed it ... gary is reappointed and double pay ... God-save-the-Ratepayer,-as-no-one-else-wants-to,-10/4-out!

Fingers cross

Posted on 13-10-2017 21:10 | By Sg1nz

I think it would be extremely positive to see Poole reappointed. Feels like his vision and direction has made good things happen for the city, AIM games growth, strand steps, international marathon, reduction in unemployment, business growth.Plus if Ms A is against it, then you know it must be a good thing.


Posted on 13-10-2017 17:47 | By overit

Why do we need a CEO? Surely the Mayor is the Boss. Cut costs and get rid of the position.

Roll up roll up

Posted on 13-10-2017 16:30 | By maildrop

Good to see Garry throwing his hat back into the ring. For anybody else interested the job spec says they need to be good with children and animals, speak fluent hyperbole and hold both arms out whilst shouting.


Posted on 13-10-2017 10:23 | By MISS ADVENTURE

The CEO rapidly became surplus in Wellington, Tauranga Councillors have yet to obviously awaken to all that is really happening and not happening. The lack of transparency and accountability has got seriously worse in the last few years.


Posted on 13-10-2017 10:21 | By MISS ADVENTURE

So the message in the advertisement is "Dont bother applying w are just going though the motions ..."

If it aint broke, don't fix it.

Posted on 13-10-2017 10:04 | By Papamoaner

Hopefully Garry will succeed in getting reappointed for another 5 years. This council displays a fair bit of forward vision. Let’s keep it rolling.