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The Dunedin City Council is not waiting as it starts the search to replace chief executive Paul Orders.
The council yesterday began advertising for a new chief executive, one day before Mr Orders was expected to be formally confirmed as Cardiff Council's next chief executive in Wales today.
Mayor Dave Cull and Mr Orders have declined to be interviewed about the pending appointment until it was official.
However, a job description for the role of council chief executive appeared on the LinkedIn social networking site yesterday afternoon, calling for interested candidates to submit their applications by October 11.
It said the council was seeking a new chief executive ''to deliver the council's budgetary and policy priorities, and lead staff in achieving high-performing services''.
''A key responsibility will be to ensure the organisation is appropriately resourced, well managed, and working within self-imposed financial parameters.
''The chief executive will be instrumental in driving culture change and organisational improvement, and will play a critical role to promote Dunedin's development as a successful small city.''
The recruitment drive is being run by Christchurch-based recruitment company EQI Global.
The advertisement appeared just days after the Otago Daily Times reported on Tuesday Mr Orders was the unanimous recommendation of a Cardiff Council appointment committee to become its next chief executive.