TDC boss Lind­say McKen­zie calls time


Tas­man District Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Lind­say McKen­zie has re­signed.

The 65-year-old long-time lo­cal govern­ment man had no other em­ploy­ment lined up but said he was not call­ing it re­tire­ment and would be stay­ing in the district.

‘‘I’m in­tend­ing to make my­self use­ful,’’ he said. ‘‘I don’t quite know what that will be. There’s noth­ing on the hori­zon.’’

How­ever, he was not con­tem­plat­ing a role ‘‘as big as this one’’.

McKen­zie stressed it would be ‘‘pedal to the me­tal’’ un­til he left the top job.

Some key projects that he hoped were com­pleted be­fore his de­par­ture in­cluded the Long Term Plan 2018-28 along with the ‘‘most crit­i­cal’’ de­ci­sions around the pro­posed Waimea dam.

‘‘There’s a truck­load of things do to,’’ he said. ‘‘I’ve given an un­der­tak­ing to the mayor ... it’s full noise.’’

McKen­zie joined TDC in May 2012 from Gis­borne District Coun­cil on a fiveyear con­tract. Be­fore that, he worked in lo­cal govern­ment at South­land. His con- tract with TDC was re­newed for a fur­ther two years in Au­gust 2016, giv­ing him the job as boss un­til May 2019.

When that re­newal was signed, McKen­zie said he in­di­cated he might fin­ish ear­lier.

‘‘The tim­ing is right,’’ he said of his planned de­par­ture date. ‘‘It’s a good time for the coun­cil; they would have had 18 months, it’s half­way through the term.’’

He has a nom­i­nal fin­ish­ing date of May 11, 2018. McKen­zie said he also hoped to see his suc­ces­sor in place be­fore he left and had of­fered to fin­ish early or stay a few weeks later than May 11, if needed.

‘‘I’ll stay on or go early, de­pend­ing on the needs of the busi­ness,’’ he said.

Mayor Richard Kempthorne told a pub­lic meet­ing at Ma­pua on Mon­day evening that McKen­zie had done a ‘‘tremen­dous job for us’’ around the dam project. At the time McKen­zie’s con­tract was re­newed, the mayor said a ‘‘great deal’’ of the suc­cess of the coun­cil since 2012 was di­rectly at­trib­ut­able to the chief ex­ec­u­tive’s lead­er­ship of the staff and his re­la­tion­ship with the elected mem­bers.

Kempthorne said he in­tended to put a re­port to coun­cil­lors this week, sug­gest­ing the coun­cil use an in­de­pen­dent agency to help find the re­place­ment for McKen­zie.

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