City Council CEO transition not unusual - Christchurch Mayor
28 May 2003
The situation with the changeover in chief executives at Christchurch City
Council is not unusual with senior management positions, says Christchurch
Mayor Garry Moore.
Mike Richardson told the City Council last year
that he did not intend to reapply for his position and the Council
began a process to find
a replacement. A decision to appoint Dr Lesley McTurk was made
early in the new year and it was agreed soon afterwards about how
the changeover would occur.
It is common practice where an appointment
is made for there to be a transitional period where both persons
are in office so that
knowledge can be transferred from the outgoing person to the new
appointee, Mr Moore
says. This was arranged for a two month period for the benefit
of the Council. If Dr McTurk needs to consult Mr Richardson on
anything to do with Council
operations, he is available to assist her until the end of June.
In these senior jobs a change often happens a month or two before
the incumbent's contract ends and the employer confirms it will honour the
contract up to its termination date,” says Mr Moore. “It's standard
practice. The contract was there to the end of June. The Council had to
meet its commitment. "
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