Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 9:14AM
Bill Barclay

The Mayor has issued another release to pay tribute to the work of Steve Ruru - belatedly, but welcome nevertheless:

Chief Executive to leave in December: Mayor acknowledges contribution

Chief Executive Steve Ruru will leave the Council in December at the end of his current contract. His departure comes after more than 13 years at the helm.

Mayor Glenn Leach said “Steve has made an outstanding contribution to the development of this district and Council during his time as Chief Executive".

"When Steve first arrived the organisation was not in good shape. There were issues with staff morale, a lack of internal staff capability and a large number of service delivery issues, including problems with the performance of core Council infrastructure that all needed to be addressed.”

"Steve worked through those issues, along with many others, and built a strong organisation that has addressed a number of challenging issues. This has been achieved at a time when there has been significant growth, of around 30%, in the number of rateable properties and the need to deal with the effects of adverse weather events including the 2002 Weatherbomb".

During his time with the Council, Steve has driven a number of multi-agency projects, such as the Peninsula Project and Coromandel Blueprint, through which the Council has been able to utilise the resources of other agencies to develop innovative solutions to address issues of real concern to this community.

The organisation has also been through a period of intensive capital expenditure as it has built the infrastructure needed to address the significant infrastructure deficiencies that existed when he arrived and meet the demands of new growth. As a result of projects such as the Eastern Seaboard 3 wastewater project the district is now well served by its core infrastructure.  

Steve’s has also been recognised outside of the organisation through his extensive involvement in a number of regional and national projects including work with Local Government NZ, Ministry for the Environment and Standards NZ. His expertise in the flood risk management area, in particular, was widely recognised through his chairing of the Committee that developed the NZ Standard on Flood Risk Management.

Mayor Leach said that Steve leaves the organisation well positioned to move forward into the future and address the many strategic opportunities that exist. 

On behalf of Councillors and the Community, the Mayor wished Steve all the best for the future.

Mr Ruru said he will be taking a short break before taking up his next challenge.



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