Selwyn District Council's chief executive for the last 12 years will leave the top job when his contract expires next year.
Paul Davey today confirmed he will not reapply for the job when his contract runs out at the end of June 2013.
While he said he still enjoys the role, Davey said he is ready to pursue other opportunities.
He has led the organisation through a time of dramatic change with the district the fastest growing area in New Zealand with the population increasing from 26,000 to over 42,000 during his tenure.
"To be at the helm of an organisation experiencing such enormous growth, both residentially and commercially, has been both challenging and enormously satisfying.
"Any success I have had in my role can be attributed to a very professional and committed staff and their wonderful loyalty to me, the Council, and the community."
He said a defining moment in Selwyn District's coming of age was establishing council's footprint in its new building in Rolleston in 2007.
"We are now far more identifiable as an entity.''
Selwyn Mayor Kelvin Coe said the council has a good working relationship with Davey.
"Paul Davey is a very experienced and dedicated CEO, who has guided us through some challenging times. He will certainly be missed when he leaves office."
The council will soon start the process to replace him.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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