Transport leader moves to city hall
Despite an international recruitment process the Auckland Council has not strayed far in appointing its new chief executive.
Stephen Town, currently the Auckland and Northland regional director for the NZ Transport Agency, will take over from Doug McKay on January 15.
He has been appointed on a five-year contract, with a salary of $630,000 fixed for two years.
‘‘I am absolutely delighted with Stephen’s appointment,’’ mayor Len Brown says.
‘‘He is quite simply the most qualified person to lead the organisation through this next challenging phase.
‘‘Stephen combines long experience in local government, with leadership of large infrastructure projects and strong credibility across government and the private sector.’’
Mr Brown says Auckland needs the very best to respond to the huge challenges it faced in transport, housing affordability and financial management.
‘‘And in Stephen we’ve got it. He is highly experienced, absolutely focused on the task ahead and crystal-clear on the challenges and opportunities for Auckland.’’
He paid tribute to Mr McKay’s work in the creation of the super-city.
‘‘Doug oversaw one of the most challenging organisational transformations in New Zealand’s history.’’
Mr Town was the chief executive of the Tauranga City Council from 2002-2010 and from 1998-2002 held the equivalent position in Franklin District.
He says he is ready to continue the work started three years ago.
‘‘This next phase in Auckland’s transformation will require a relentless focus on delivery, service improvement and prudent financial management.
‘‘We have a genuine opportunity to make Auckland the world’s most liveable city and I am delighted to be part of that project.’’
New chief: Stephen Town will start as the Auckland Council’s chief executive on January 15.