Chance to consider CODC structure: mayor

The Central Otago District Council met in private this week to consider a report on its management structure.

When approached by the Otago Daily Times for more information about the closed meeting, Central Otago Mayor Tony Lepper said the recent resignation of three council managers in key positions had provided a chance for the council to re-examine its management structure.

"With the timing of the resignations, it was a good chance to have a quick look at the structure to see if the council has the right structure and fit," Mr Lepper said.

A consultant from Auckland had been working with the council's chief executive, Phil Melhopt, to look at the structure and a report on the matter would be tabled at the closed meeting.

"This was an opportunity that presented itself as we haven't made any appointments to fill those vacancies yet," Mr Lepper said.

The resignations were from the district aquatic centre manager Gary Easthope, visitor information centres manager Ingrid Temple and accountant Karen McCarthy.

There was no suggestion any changes to the management structure would result in redundancies, Mr Lepper said.

Mr Melhopt said the management staff who had resigned had all "taken opportunities that presented elsewhere". The council had a very low turnover of staff, he said.


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