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Waimakariri council CEO Jim Palmer to step down next year after 17 years' service

Waimakariri District Council CEO Jim Palmer welcomed mayor Dan Gordon to the role last year. (File photo)

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Waimakariri District Council CEO Jim Palmer welcomed mayor Dan Gordon to the role last year. (File photo)

Waimakariri District Council chief executive Jim Palmer has announced he is leaving his role in March 2021 after 17 years.

Palmer said it was a move he had been considering for a while, to provide a fresh start for himself and the council.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

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Mayor Dan Gordon said Palmer was well-regarded throughout the country and would be missed for his leadership.

“Through the earthquakes he demonstrated exceptional leadership which helped our district recover, and following that helped Kaikōura recover from their own earthquake.

“He is also having a significant input into the Covid-19 response and recovery.’’

Gordon said he was “outstanding’’ at the business-as-usual aspects of running a large organisation.

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

The council will appoint an external recruiter by September to help select the new chief executive.

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