Auckland Council Chief Executive Stephen Town has this week informed Mayor Phil Goff and councillors of his intention to resign from his position a few months earlier than previously signalled.
Mr Town was due to end his contract in December 2020, however following his appointment as the inaugural Chief Executive of the NZ Institute of Skills and Technology, he will leave his position on June 25.
“It has been a privilege to serve Auckland and I’ve been incredibly proud to lead an organisation that puts our customers, citizens and communities at the heart of everything we do.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed every week in this job, although it’s safe to say that some weeks have been more challenging than others,” says Mr Town.
“While I will be sad to leave, this new role is a rare and exciting opportunity and one I believe is important to the success of New Zealand’s future.”
Mayor Phil Goff thanked Mr Town for his service to the council and Auckland.
“The work he has done over six years has hugely benefited Auckland,” the Mayor said.
“Through a time of major growth and change, he has worked with me to ensure the effective delivery of the services and infrastructure the city needs. He has helped build a council which is more cost-effective, customer focused and efficient.
“On behalf of councillors and local board members I want to thank Stephen for his contribution and wish him well in the challenging new job he has accepted,” Phil Goff said.
Recruitment for Auckland Council’s next Chief Executive has already begun.