Another senior manager is to have a quick exit from the
Dunedin City Council after the announcement yesterday of his
Economic development and property group manager Robert Clark
will clear his desk on Friday. He is returning to the
commercial sector after six years with the council.
Mr Clark's withdrawal from the organisation comes after a
proposal was circulated to staff last month in which his
position was effectively disestablished, his responsibilities
split between new positions to be created under a new council
The structure was developed by chief executive Dr Sue Bidrose
in a review of the council's property and economic
The proposal included separating the council's operational
and commercial investment property portfolios, moving the
latter into the finance group, and creating a new economic
development group that would include a new city marketing
Infrastructure and networks general manager Tony Avery
yesterday announced Mr Clark's departure in a statement in
which he acknowledged the significant successful property and
commercial projects and outcomes for the city Mr Clark had
achieved over the years.
''He leaves the DCC with our best wishes.''
When contacted, Mr Clark said he had enjoyed working with
his team and wished his colleagues well.
He was proud of what he had achieved, particularly the
refurbishment of the Dunedin Centre, which was completed $3.5
million under budget, the rejuvenation of the old art gallery
to become the Sargood Centre and the successful running of
the Wall Street complex, including the recently announced
expansion of Fisher and Paykel, which was bringing 70 new
jobs to the city.
He and the council had been discussing his position for a
while and had come to an arrangement. He would do some
transitional consulting work with the council in the coming
months on some significant projects, the details of which
were still being worked through.
Mr Clark's is the latest departure as a result of major
restructuring within the organisation started by previous
chief executive Paul Orders.
At least three other senior managers have left since the
restructuring began in 2011, including former senior finance
manager Athol Stephens.
Details of the latest round of changes are expected to be
announced by Dr Bidrose by the end of the week.
Mr Clark was part of the council's senior management team,
and, as a group manager, reported to Mr Avery.
Asked if Mr Clark had resigned, Mr Avery said Mr Clark had
simply notified his wish to leave.
Asked about a payout, Mr Avery said that was private between
the parties. Dr Bidrose said she wished Mr Clark well. He was
a skilled property manager, and she was sure he would do well
in the commercial sector.