Poole takes Tauranga job - and $80,000 less a year

GARRY POOLE: The ex-WCC chief executive.
GARRY POOLE: The ex-WCC chief executive.

Dumped Wellington City Council boss Garry Poole has been appointed chief executive of Tauranga City Council, where he'll be taking an $80,000 pay cut.

Mr Poole, chief executive of Wellington City Council for 15 years, was deposed just before Christmas, when councillors voted against renewing his contract.

He had reapplied for the job after his contract review in August. But, in a closed-door meeting on December 19, councillors ruled out reappointing him after a three-hour debate ended with a 9-6 vote.

Last night, Tauranga City Council announced Mr Poole as its new chief executive. He is due to take up the role in April.

His new appointment carries a $340,000 salary, down from the $420,000 he received in Wellington.

He will be the city's third chief executive since June last year.

In an email to Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and councillors last night, he said: "While I will be sad to leave Wellington, and I am proud of what we have done to help build the city's international reputation . . . I am also very excited about this new opportunity and challenge."

The Dominion Post