South Waikato District Council's Chief Executive's contract
has been extended for two years, from May next year, through to May 2020.
Chief Executive Craig Hobbs took on the role in May 2013 and admits
it is his most challenging role ever.
"The complexities working in local government are huge,"
he said. "This role is both rewarding and challenging. I am very proud of the
team working for Council. All staff here work very hard delivering services to
"It is a privilege to work for such a progressive
Council. There are changing times ahead as our district moves into a period of
growth," he continued. "I am very pleased that Council has the
confidence in my leadership and efforts to give me the opportunity to continue
at the helm until 2020."
"We are looking forward to Mr Hobbs leading us through
the exciting growth times ahead," said Mayor Shattock.
"There's much to be done," continued Mayor Shattock.
"For many years our Council has worked through periods of consolidation
with little growth, but all that is changing. Our Council is working hard to
facilitate new business opportunities to create more jobs for our people. Several
exciting projects across the district like the Putāruru re-zone project, Leith
Place and Tīrau Walkway will all make significant strides over the coming
months and years."
Under legislation Chief Executives in local authorities are
employed on fixed term contracts up to a maximum of five years. This term can
be extended for another two years following a formal performance review. After
seven years, the council must go back to the market and the role advertised.
The incumbent can re-apply.