New NCC boss back where it all began
The council’s newly appointed chief executive Pat Dougherty will be home in time for Christmas to take up the top job.
Dougherty worked at the Nelson City Council for 22 years, moving up the ranks to deputy chief executive, before he left to head Ka¯piti District Council.
From December 11, he’ll take on the NCC chief executive role, and said he and his wife were excited to be coming back to Nelson.
‘‘We lived there for 22 years, we raised our children in Nelson, it’s always been our hometown so if I was going to be making a difference anywhere then Nelson is the place,’’ Dougherty said.
He said it’s a ‘‘step up’’ for him and a unitary council was a model he liked and wanted to be involved with. He said Nelson was doing some exciting projects.
‘‘Obviously the Southern Link is an issue that needs resolving and there are still a lot of infrastructure issues to address.’’
He said Nelson, like Ka¯piti, was experiencing strong growth.