The Christchurch City Council is close to appointing a new chief executive.
The final step in the selection process happened yesterday when city councillors met behind closed doors to interview the short-listed candidates.
They have already been interviewed once by the council's chief executive and employment matters subcommittee, headed by Mayor Lianne Dalziel, but yesterday's meeting was a chance to give the full 14-member council an opportunity to pick their preferred candidate.
It is expected a formal offer will be made to that person next week.
Dalziel told The Press this week the recruitment of a new chief executive was taking longer than she had envisaged but she hoped to make an announcement soon.
The hunt for a new chief executive was prompted by the resignation last November of Tony Marryatt, who had been on forced leave since July when the magnitude of the council's consenting crisis became evident.
Dalziel's original plan was to have his replacement in place by the start of May.
- The Press
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