25 March 2020
Rotorua Mayor Chadwick has confirmed the re-appointment of Geoff Williams as Rotorua Lakes Council chief executive.
The appointment was approved at a meeting of the Full Council today [Wednesday 25 March 2020].
Under the Local Government Act 2002, the role had to be advertised and attracted 14 applicants. Salary, terms and conditions will remain the same as Mr Williams’ current contract.
He started with Rotorua Lakes Council in July 2013, and had his fixed term employment agreement extended by two years in 2017 as per Clause 35 of the Local Government Act. The Act does not allow for a further extension of the term of the employment agreement, meaning Council had to undertake an external recruitment process (see Clause 34).
Mayor Chadwick said Mr Williams’ 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.”
Mr Williams thanked elected members for their vote of confidence and said it was “an absolute privilege” to lead Rotorua Lakes Council and to 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. 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 experienced independent HR consultant Greg Tims, who said three applicants were shortlisted for interview.
“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.”
See previous announcement relating to the CE recruitment HERE on Council’s website.