The Mackenzie District Council has named a replacement for retiring chief executive Glen Innes. He is Wayne Barnett, of Marlborough.
Mr Barnett is a project manager for Fulton Hogan and has degrees in civil engineering and business administration. He also has experience in local government, including working for the Marlborough District Council and Port Marlborough.
The council began recruiting for its new chief executive five months ago, and has gone through what Mayor Claire Barlow described as a rigorous process which included the short-listed candidates making a formal presentation and being interviewed by all councillors.
"Councillors were united in the need to find someone who brought proven leadership with a focus on delivering sound community outcomes.
“Wayne comes to Mackenzie well aware of the current challenges facing the district, and his engineering and leadership skills will prove invaluable as we continue to deliver affordable and sustainable development to our community.”
Mr Barnett will be moving to the Mackenzie District with his wife, Christine. The couple have children at university and boarding school.
Mr Barnett will take up his new role on November 12 and Mr Innes will retire later that month.
As chief executive he will be responsible for the strategic direction and management of the organisation, and ensuring all council strategies are in line with the council's long-term plan and vision.
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