Rotorua Lakes Council CEO reappointed

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Rotorua Lakes Council chief executive Geoff Williams has been reappointed to his role at council for another five years.

Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick confirmed the re-appointment of Geoff as chief executive at an extraordinary meeting of the council earlier today after councillors voted unanimously to retain him.

Under the Local Government Act the chief executive role had to be advertised, attracting 14 applicants. His salary and terms and conditions of employment will remain the same as his current contract.

Last year his salary was $374,721.

Geoff started at the Rotorua Lakes Council in July 2013, and had his fixed-term employment agreement extended by two years in 2017. The Local Government Act did not allow for a further extension of his term of employment, meaning council had to undertake an external recruitment process.

Steve says Geoff’s appointment would provide stability and certainty for the council.

“As it has transpired, having leadership stability and certainty will be vitally important to both this organisation and to our district during these current uncertain times and post COVID-19.

“I congratulate Geoff and also our councillors in approving his re-appointment.”

Steve thanked elected members for their vote of confidence and says it is “an absolute privilege” to lead the council and be working with them and staff for the betterment of the district.

“This is a great organisation and right now we are all in very uncertain times. I have every confidence that you will see a strong response from this organisation," Geoff says in a statement.

"Nobody knows what is ahead or what things will look like when we emerge once it’s over, but I do know that this organisation will be ready to stand up again very quickly and will look to maximise opportunities to recapture what’s special about Rotorua to ensure a strong future for the district.”

The recruitment process was facilitated by independent human resources consultant Greg Tims, who said three applicants were shortlisted for interviews.

“We had a high calibre of applicants, which included people already in chief executive roles, and it was a rigorous process. We took a consistent approach to the interviews so that all interviewees underwent the same process and had the same opportunities to highlight their skills and experience,” says Greg.

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