No word on council CEO applicants

The Dunedin City Council is not saying how many people have applied for its vacant chief executive role.

Applications for the position closed on July 31.

A council spokesman said the process and timeline the council was following was in accordance with the Local Government Act.

"We are restricted by the particular stage of the process we are in,’’ he said. ‘‘More information will be released in due course."

Former chief executive Sue Bidrose left the council on July 17. Her role is being filled by council acting chief executive Sandy Graham while a recruitment process is under way.

Dr Bidrose was appointed to the top council staff role in November 2013 and her seven-year contract — of five years, plus a two-year rollover — was due to expire in November this year.

She left Dunedin to head AgResearch in Christchurch.

Ms Graham last month said she wanted the chief executive role permanently.

The recruitment drive that scored Dr Bidrose the role attracted 31 applications, including eight from outside New Zealand, of which a shortlist of two was presented to councillors.

Late last month, the council noted its forward work programme for this financial year, which stated applications, interviews, and recommendations were due to be completed by the end of October.

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