South Waikato District Council's Chief Executive Craig Hobbs has resigned from his role at Council and will be leaving the organisation at the end of September.
Mr Hobbs admits that he struggled with this decision as he has thoroughly enjoyed his time at South Waikato District Council and being part of this wonderful district.
"Working in local government has been hugely rewarding, at times challenging. Until you work in this sector you have no idea of the complexities of local government," said Mr Hobbs. "Working in a role that makes a significant difference in people's lives has been immensely fulfilling.
"I am very proud of what we have achieved in the last five years and the future of the District is looking very positive," continued Mr Hobbs. "The decision in the end came down to having an opportunity to move to Auckland where my family is now based. Without doubt, I will miss both the staff and Elected Members at this Council, the many stakeholders and people I have met during my time here; and the beautiful South Waikato community."
Mayor Jenny Shattock expressed sadness over Mr Hobbs' resignation, along with sincerest of well wishes for his exciting new challenge.
"Mr Hobbs has made a significant contribution to the South Waikato District and the Council," said Mayor Shattock. "His passion, people skills and his advocacy for our District has been immense.
"His vision has helped make the South Waikato the best community we can be and his solutions focussed and customer-centric philosophy has lifted our game as an organisation. During Mr Hobbs' tenure Council has marked several milestones - significant progress was made on the Tokoroa CBD Upgrade, the Tokoroa Skatepark was completed, the Road Rail Terminal was developed, new pensioner housing units constructed, facilitation of several business developments that increased our economic profile (such as the Fonterra dryer), stakeholder relations have been improved, the District Plan Review was completed, the Balloons over Waikato event now visits the South Waikato, amongst many other accomplishments. The effort and passion that Mr Hobbs has invested in profiling the South Waikato in local government circles has opened their eyes to the significant opportunities our district has to offer."
"For me personally in my role as Mayor, I want to thank Mr Hobbs for his positive outlook, vision and drive. His tremendous support and guidance to me has been unwavering."
Mr Hobbs started with Council in May 2013. He has accepted a role at Auckland Council.
Recruitment for a new Chief Executive will begin in due course.
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