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Carterton District Councillors have extended Chief Executive Jane Davis’ contract for another two years.

The decision was made during an extraordinary council meeting last week following a review of the Chief Executive’s employment, as provided for in Schedule 7, Clauses 34 and 35 of the Local Government Act 2002. The Act states the Chief Executive may be appointed for a second term not exceeding two years on the expiry of the first term.

The committee was set up by councillors in February to complete the review and was made up of Mayor John Booth, Councillor Russell Keys and Councillor Ruth Carter. The committee presented the outcome of the review to full council to make a decision.

The council management team said they were thrilled the council had extended Davis’ contract.

“Her leadership, vision and unwavering support of the team is one of the reasons we love working for the Carterton District Council.  Leaders with her qualities are rare and we are very lucky to have someone of her calibre leading the Council,” said Infrastructure, Services and Regulatory Manager, Dave Gittings.

Mayor John Booth said he was very pleased with the outcome of the review and was looking forward to continuing to work with Davis.

“We are very fortunate at our council to have a proactive leader who is willing to work with and alongside the community and is committed to serving Carterton,” Booth said.

“With Jane at the helm, she has impressed us with her ability to analyse how we can carry out our functions more efficiently within council. This has included a strong commitment to shared services with other councils.

“Jane is actively involved in organisations such as Go Carterton and supports social activities in the community such as our Foodbank.

“I’m looking forward to seeing what we can continue to achieve with Jane leading the council organisation.”

Davis’ contract will now expire in November 2021.