Ashburton District Council has agreed to begin the recruitment process for its Chief Executive role.
Chief Executive Andrew Dalziel's five-year employment contract ends in August 2018.
The Local Government Act 2002 requires the Council to either extend Mr Dalziel's appointment for a period of up to two years or advertise the Chief Executive role for a new term of up to five years.
Ashburton Mayor Donna Favel said, "The Council has decided to re-advertise the position for a five year term." She said that with continuing growth in the district, the Council is looking for long-term stability in such a crucial role.
Mayor Favel said the Council was mindful that it needed a robust and contestable process for appointing a Chief Executive for the next five years. "In the New Year, the Council will engage an experienced recruitment provider to assist it to run a thorough process to appoint the best person for the role," she said.
"In the meantime, while the recruitment process is underway, Andrew has our complete support to carry out his responsibilities," Mayor Favel said.
She said, "Elected members have expressed confidence in and respect for Mr Dalziel's efficient and effective management, governance advice, and professionalism". Mr Dalziel took up his role in September 2013. He was previously employed as Hurunui District Council's Chief Executive.