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Remembering Steve Ruru

A comment appeared this morning on the Steve Ruru post dated 15 November.

I thought that it would be a good idea to bring it up here because I suspect that it comes from a staff member, and therefore carries some weight. Go down and see the remainder of the story and comments.

"An awesome CEO. Words like trust, compassion, vision, integrity and respect all spring to mind when you hear his name. He will be missed more than anyone knows, the effects of his leaving will only become apparent down the line. Watch this space closely".

Poignant, in view of the current shambolic reorganisation - I question whether the recent appointee will qualify for the same description at the time his contract is up in three years. His record would indicate that he is only here for the short term, and we can expect to wave goodbye at that time, while our Council recovers from the Leach/Hammond disaster.




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Reader Comments (4)

Bang on Bill. No doubt Steve has a wry smile.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRussell

To our detriment, we shall not see his like again. Uncomplainingly taking the flack for a disfunctional , divided council, consisting of the platidudinous, vacillating, self promoting and basically an unpleasant bunch, Steve held the ship together.
He has my highest respect.

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJMA

Not sure which Council JMA is referring to, but either way Ruru had the ability to work thru these moments/challenges and bring the best out of the elected members [and staff]- but interestingly enough he seems to have jumped out of the frying pan into the fire at Kaipara District Council - visit their website and scroll down to 'latest news' -----given his experience at TCDC he will sort it!!
Why Hammond/Leach feel Council is all about numbers one will never know - it is not the number of staff a business has - it is how staff are managed is what is important- the 'ol value fo money deal '- - pushing staff out of the door will not resolve the underlying difficulties of any Council - Councils need experienced staff through good times and bad - changing the policies every 3 years does not make for a pleasant enviroment to work in - yes Steve will be missed - our loss, Kaipara's gain

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercyclops

not sure which Council JMA is referring too - hopefully the current lot and not past ones!
Interesting that Ruru has gone to a Council with virtually NO staff and a debt of $81m - most of this from a $57m wastewater system at Mangawhai - so how lucky were we to get THREE plants for around $90m?? - and a these could have been cheaper had not the various groups in Whangamata taken Council to task every inch of the way - each contestible point cost in round figures, about a $1m in various reports, staff time and court costs.
Ruru was the principal target for Leach and et el during the campaign -yet Steve already had a review of staff underway - at the behest of the previous Council and was working through systematically how best to achieve the restructuring WITHOUT spilling blood and creating low morale, over the shoulder looking staff - who now must be wondering who or what is next.
No doubt there will be a cut in services, less mowing of lawns, no maintenance of Council property, stormwater projects scrapped -----
one final point - go to - and click on Press release'-- very interesting

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCyclops

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