Set­tling into the may­oral seat

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS -

WHAT is it like be­ing Mayor? It is great and I am thor­oughly en­joy­ing the chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties that come with the of­fice.

My first move was to re­struc­ture our com­mit­tees so that all coun­cil­lors would ei­ther chair or act as deputy chair of one of these.

My aim is to have ev­ery­one in­volved so they feel like they can work more closely with key staff. I hope that in this way we can all get a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of what is hap­pen­ing and to ex­plore ways of con­tin­u­ally im­prov­ing our ser­vice to ratepay­ers.

Since then it has been a case of lis­ten­ing and tak­ing notes. Be­cause I am new, lots of peo­ple have taken the op­por­tu­nity to con­tact me and to visit me in my of­fice. I en­joy this and I am fill­ing up a pad full of sug­ges­tions from lots of dif­fer­ent peo­ple.

I have been think­ing of ways of deal­ing with all these is­sues and I have be­gun work­ing with the CEO on the best way of do­ing it. I have taken the step of join­ing the man­age­ment team so these things can be ac­tioned and re­ported back to me and to you.

Dur­ing the rest of my term, I hope to share with you how we are pro­gress­ing on any of our new ini­tia­tives and shar­ing some of the fun things that I get to see and work on.

Cen­tral Otago District Mayor Tony Lep­per will write a fort­nightly col­umn for the Mir­ror. If you have any ques­tions or any topics you would like him to write about, email them to

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