Under-fire Westland District Council boss quits before contract expires

Former Westland Council chief executive Tanya Winter was stood down from her role earlier this month for not alerting ...
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Former Westland Council chief executive Tanya Winter was stood down from her role earlier this month for not alerting the new council about an SFO investigation into a staffer.

Suspended Westland District Council chief executive Tanya Winter has quit just months before her contract ends.

Winter was stood down from her role earlier this month for not alerting the new council, which was elected last year, about a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation into a staffer.

Vivek Goel, the council assets manager, is under scrutiny due to allegations of financial impropriety. 

In a statement, Westland Mayor Bruce Smith said Winter had resigned to "pursue other interests".

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"The council thanks Tanya for the contribution to the workings of council over the past 4.5 years. 

"We wish Tanya all the best in the future."

Winter's five-year council contract, which was due to expire in September, had already not been renewed. Council made this decision about the same time the SFO announced it was investigating Goel in February.

In 2012, Tanya Winter became the council's chief executive. She was an up-and-comer in the world of local government management, rising quickly through the ranks. In her previous job at the Hastings District Council, she was manager of libraries, the local pool and other facilities.

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