The Dunedin City Council will not say how many applications
it has received for the organisation's top job.
Instead, council staff, responding to Otago Daily
Times requests, said the information would be released
only after the new council was officially sworn in on October
''Once councillors have been provided with the information,
then we will supply it to you,'' was all council corporate
services group manager Sandy Graham was prepared to say
The refusal came after applications for the post - replacing
outgoing chief executive Paul Orders - closed last Friday.
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull, speaking on Tuesday, could not say
how many applications had been received, but said there had
been ''broad interest'' from candidates within New Zealand
Council human resources staff did not return calls and staff
working for the council's recruitment consultant, EQI Global,
declined to comment.
In 2011, when the council was seeking to replace then-chief
executive Jim Harland, details of the number of candidates -
and where they were from - were divulged just days after the
applications deadline passed.
At that time, council staff confirmed 47 applications had
been received from across New Zealand and as far afield as
Australia and the United Kingdom.