Top manager loses job

JANINE RANKIN
Last updated 12:00 08/02/2013

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The woman who managed the Palmerston North City Council's involvement in hosting the Rugby World Cup has been made redundant.

General manager of executive support Jane Julian finished work at the council last week after four years in the role.

The 15 staff in her unit have been reassigned to other units.

Chief executive Paddy Clifford, who set up the executive support unit in 2008, said he and Ms Julian had agreed there was no longer a need for the unit to stand alone, and the parting was amicable.

"All of the work they do could be undertaken in a different way. The work they do is still being done in a reorganised way."

Human resources will now report directly to Mr Clifford. City Future takes over communications, sustainable economic development, and management of the contracts with Vision Manawatu and Destination Manawatu. Business development goes to City Corporate.

Mr Clifford said Ms Julian had achieved a great deal as general manager of the unit, and in her previous eight years' employment with the council.

The way she managed the detailed and difficult requirements for hosting the Rugby World Cup was a standout contribution, as were the relationships she had built with Vision and Destination, said Mr Clifford.

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- Manawatu Standard

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