New NCC boss back where it all be­gan

Nelson Mail - - NEWS - HAN­NAH BARTLETT

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.

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