Selwyn District Council Chief Executive, David Ward, has announced his retirement after nearly 10 years in the role.
Mr Ward (pictured) will step down when his current contract expires on 30 June 2023.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Council – a time which has seen substantial growth across our community, and the introduction of some significant changes within the Council to meet the expectations of that growth,” he said in a statement announcing his retirement.
“I am particularly proud of our organisation and the development of our staff during my time as CE; the construction of a number of valuable and already very well-utilised district community facilities, which will be enjoyed for years to come; and the enhanced community engagement models that we have implemented.”
Selwyn District Council has commenced the process to recruit a new Chief Executive.
“Council is looking for a strategic, future focussed leader who will ensure the Council continues to deliver services that support the lifestyle and opportunities our community enjoys, and carries on meeting the demands of the sustained growth within the district,” said Selwyn District Mayor, Sam Broughton.
“Our dynamic and changing community requires us to employ a relationship builder to advance the partnerships that the Council has already developed with mana whenua, businesses, community groups, schools and other stakeholders for the wellbeing of Selwyn district.
“We thank David for his years of excellent service to our Council, and for his strong leadership of the organisation. He has lead Selwyn through a time where our population has doubled to 80,000, and he has ensured that the Council’s operations have adapted to meeting the growing expectations and needs of our communities,” the Mayor said.