Communications boss quits council

17:00, Jun 24 2011

A key member of Hamilton City Council's management team has resigned and will leave next Friday.

Long-serving communications boss Philip Burton, who has been a senior figure at the council for more than a decade, confirmed his departure to the Waikato Times yesterday.

He helped drive an economic development summit which led to Innovation Park alongside then Wel Networks chief executive Mike Underhill, the HamiltON re-brand with marketing and communications manager Michelle Smith, and won the rights to host the V8s with former mayor and council chief executive Michael Redman.

Mr Burton said he was taking a short overseas break, returning in mid-July for an official farewell. He is considering three job offers, all in the Waikato region.

"I feel like I've had a really good career, and made a sound contribution to the organisation, and in a small part to the city," he said. "There's a time for everyone to reconsider their direction, and I feel that time has arrived."

Council chief executive Barry Harris declined to comment on Mr Burton's departure.


Waikato Times