Planned museum role a concern

The Central Otago District Council has aired its concerns about the restructuring of Central Stories' leadership.

Director Brian Patrick was told last month he would lose his job as part of the restructuring.

He was appointed in 2006, about six months after the museum and art gallery complex opened in Alexandra.

"I'd like us to write to the [Alexandra Museum] board requesting confirmation that the district role of the museum will not be affected by the restructuring," Vincent Community Board chairwoman and councillor Clair Higginson said at this week's council meeting.

Mayor Tony Lepper said the council gave considerable funding to the museum complex and there were certain expectations tied in with that funding.

Council chief executive Phil Melhopt said the board knew the funding was to provide a "district" museum service.

Museum board president Gill Grant said last month the job of director would no longer exist under the restructuring.

The museum needed a "modified set of leadership skills" and money was one of the factors that prompted the review, she said.

A replacement was still being worked out but it would be a less high-powered position.


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