Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) elected members have reappointed current Chief Executive Mike Theelen effective from February 2021.
AT a meeting of full council on October 29 the recruitment process concluded with a decision by Council to appoint incumbent Theelen for a further five years.
Mayor Jim Boult said the outcome of a robust recruitment process ensured consistency and strong leadership at a time of change and uncertainty in the community.
“Not only was Mr Theelen the strongest candidate, his reappointment gives the organisation stability and continuity at a time when none of us can predict how the effects of COVID-19 will continue to impact our district and what that means for QLDC.”
Boult said Theelen had created a strong, high performing management team and led the can-do culture that the Council needed in both good times and bad. He had proven he and his team could deliver and he was confident that the operational management of Council remained in exceptional hands for the next five years.
Theelen said: “I am very pleased to be appointed for another term as Chief Executive of Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) and am looking forward to another five-year term.
“The district is a jewel in the nation’s crown, and Council is a key player in ensuring the district remains a great place to live, visit, and grow families in. The Mayor and Councillors have a strong vision for the future and the organisation is there to support those directions. I am looking forward to the challenge of leading QLDC in a manner that supports the whole district on that journey.”