Recruitment Process for New CE Begins

Waimakariri District Council Chief Executive Jim Palmer has announced he is leaving his role in March 2021, after serving the community in this role for 17 years.

Jim Palmer with member of staff“I’m fortunate to leave the Council in a strong position, with a committed and skilled team of colleagues and Council members who will continue to lead the organisation and continue building our excellent community,” says Mr Palmer.

Waimakariri is a high-growth district, which emerged from the Canterbury earthquakes as one of the most popular residential destinations in the Canterbury region. Significant growth is forecast to continue.

The Council was recently awarded a second AA rating from the Local Government Excellence Programme independent reviewers CouncilMARK™ - it is one of two Councils out of 33 nationwide to achieve this honour. Last year Standard and Poor’s also confirmed the Council would maintain its AA/A-1+ credit rating.

“This move is something I have been talking about for a while now,” says Mr Palmer. “It will provide a fresh start for me and the Council. This has been an exciting and highly rewarding position, and I’m pleased to be handing over such a capable organisation with a good outlook.”

Waimakariri District Council Mayor Dan Gordon says Mr Palmer will be missed.

“Jim is a real leader and well regarded throughout the country. Through the earthquakes he demonstrated exceptional leadership which helped our District recover and following that supported Kaikoura recover from their own earthquake. He is also having a significant input in to the COVID-19 response and recovery. On top of this he’s outstanding at the business-as-usual aspects of running a large organisation.”

The Council will appoint an external recruiter by September to help select the new Chief Executive.