Acting chief 'mum' on seeking top job

Nelson City Council is fine tuning the process around seeking a new chief executive, while the man in the caretaker role is not saying whether he is likely to apply for it.

Executive manager of the council's regulatory division Richard Johnson has been acting chief executive since before Keith Marshall's departure, and said this week he was not in a position to declare an interest one way or the other.

The council's remuneration committee has met to discuss a request for a proposal that would go to a recruitment company and a report was being prepared for a public-excluded meeting on May 16 to discuss the issue of recruitment.

Mr Johnson said Otago Regional Council would be recruiting a new head at the same time, which was likely to make the appointment process competitive, although different councils had different focuses and would therefore seek specific qualities in a chief executive.

He described Wellington as political, and Hawke's Bay and Northland as commercial while Nelson, where he has been in a senior role for several years, was "its own puzzle".

Nelson city, like the Tasman, Marlborough and Gisborne councils, was a unitary authority and therefore carried regional council functions as well.

Mr Johnson said regional councils tended to have a narrower focus.

The Nelson Mail