Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Tasman CEO to step down 

Janine Dowding Tasman District Council's Chief Executive. Photo Tasman District Council.


Janine Dowding Tasman District Council’s Chief Executive announced today that she is stepping down

 4 October, 2023

Janine Dowding announced today that she is stepping down as the Tasman District Council’s Chief Executive at the end of January 2024. 

After 5 ½ years as CEO Janine has decided to take some time out with her family and consider what is next.

“My time with Local Government has been a steep learning curve as I have come to terms with the vast array of Council services, the diverse communities and interests, and the increasing challenges for the sector. 

"I have been hugely fortunate to work with talented and committed staff and Councillors, and a wide range of partners and stakeholders all with a common purpose to serve the interests of Tasman’s people and environment.  I have been constantly inspired by the Tasman community, the passion, diversity and the voluntary effort contributed by so many every day.  

"I know that this role will attract a high calibre of candidates with an opportunity to work in a beautiful region with an outstanding leader in Mayor King and a supportive and capable Tasman staff and Council Team.” 

Mayor Tim King said he will be sorry to see Janine leave. 

“Janine is an outstanding Chief Executive who has led the Council through the most unsettling period in our history. 

"The challenges facing the local government sector and communities including environmental and economic impacts, and the uncertainty around government reforms are amplified for a unitary authority. Janine has been an outstanding leader in supporting the Council to meet those challenges.  

"Successfully negotiating this environment requires a high level of trust between the elected members and the Chief Executive. I can attest to the strength of that relationship built on the competence, leadership and empathy Janine has brought to the role

The search for a new chief executive will now get underway Mayor King said, “it will include national advertising and a robust process to get a new Chief Executive on board early next year."

Tasman District Council.

Pigeon Post News, Richmond.

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