The Dunedin City Council expects to announce its next chief
executive by the end of the month, Mayor Dave Cull says.
The news came after a meeting of the council's chief
executive appraisal and appointment committee - headed by Mr
Cull - behind closed doors yesterday.
Contacted by the Otago Daily Times, Mr Cull said the
list of ''around 30'' applicants had already been whittled
down to form a ''long list'' of candidates still in the
running for the job.
He would not say how many candidates had made it on to the
long list, but each of them would be interviewed by the
committee over the next week or so, Mr Cull said.
The interviews would be conducted either in person or via the
internet, before a shortlist was presented to the full
council to consider.
There was no set number of candidates needed for the
shortlist, but it ''could be two or three'', and anyone who
made the shortlist would be considered ''appointable''.
Yesterday's meeting was ''just part of the process'' that
began last month, Mr Cull said, following confirmation of
outgoing chief executive Paul Orders' shock departure.
The recruitment drive had so far been conducted by EQI Global
on the council's behalf, and Mr Cull said he was pleased with
the calibre of the candidates identified.
''We are confident that we have sufficient choice for council
to make a call, ultimately, to appoint [a successful
''We're happy that we have some good choices.''
He said an announcement by the end of the month had always
been intended, as the council wanted to ''keep the momentum
up on this process''.
''We don't want a long transition.''