New chief executive for Mackenzie District Council
The Mackenzie District Council has appointed a new chief executive.
The council's current planning and regulations manager Suzette van Aswegen will take over the reins from outgoing chief executive Wayne Barnett when he wraps up his five year tenure on November 10.
Van Aswegen has previously held executive level management positions in Australia and has "extensive" technical and management experience.
Mackenzie District mayor Graham Smith said van Aswegen was selected from a strong group of candidates, and he was sure she would bring the "right balance of skills to implement council's strategic objectives".
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Barnett announced in May that he would not seek to renew his contract when it ended it November.
He joined the council in 2012 after previously working for Fulton Hogan in Blenheim.
He and his wife were planning to move back to Blenheim, where he planned to pursue his own business interests.
In May, Smith said Barnett had done "a tremendous amount" for the Mackenzie District.
"We certainly wish him well," he said.