Final interviews for CEO in 2 weeks

20:20, Jan 14 2013

Final interviews for the role of Invercargill City Council chief executive will be held on January 29.

Christchurch-based management consultant firm Sheffield has been overseeing the employment process.

Sheffield executive director Mike Stenhouse said the long list of interviews would finish this week and applicants shortlisted to three or four candidates.

He would not disclose details of who had applied or how many. "At this stage it is all just speculation that council members applied," he said.

It is understood applications for the position have come from current chief executive Richard King, former council chief executives from around New Zealand and two current senior council staffers.

Shortlisted candidates would be interviewed on January 29 and the full council would be involved in the selection process, attending the the interviews, Mr Stenhouse said.


A full council meeting will also be held on January 29. "It is important that the council are involved in the selection process," he said.

Candidates would be assessed on criteria set out by the council.

"We are on track to conclude the process and appoint a chief executive within the first week of February," he said.

The final say on the appointment would be a collective council decision.

The appointment process became mired in controversy in November when Cr Norman Elder resigned as chairman of a subcommittee charged with accepting a consultant's recommended shortlist of candidates for the chief executive's position.

It is understood that Mr Elder was upset the subcommittee changed the selection process after the full council had earlier decided on a different process.

Invercargill mayor Tim Shadbolt subsequently asked council lawyers to investigate the selection process after which it was discovered the subcommittee had not been given delegated authority by the full council to do anything.

The Southland Times