Council to renew King's contract as CEO

EVAN HARDING
Last updated 05:00 31/01/2013
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Invercargill City Council chief executive Richard King.

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Incumbent Richard King will be named today as the Invercargill City Council chief executive for the next five years.

The Southland Times understands the council decided yesterday to reconfirm Mr King in the position he has held for the past 25 years.

The council is expected to put out a press statement later today announcing that Mr King has got the job.

He was among three shortlisted candidates selected from 30 applicants. The Times understands the other two shortlisted candidates are both chief executives of local authorities in the North Island.

All three have been interviewed in the past two days by Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt, the city councillors and council consultant Mike Stenhouse, of Christchurch management firm Sheffield.

It is understood the council made the decision to rehire Mr King yesterday afternoon but delayed making a public announcement until today so it can first relay the decision to the two unsuccessful candidates.

Mr King, 60, could not be contacted for comment yesterday.

Invercargill residents had a great quality of life and the city had a bright future, but the council had to continue attracting job opportunities to the city, he said last year.

Mr King was appointed town clerk in August 1987 before the position became chief executive in 1989, meaning he will have been at the helm of the city council for more than 30 years when his latest five-year contract ends. 

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