21 May 2007
Michael Redman is to relinquish the mayoralty with his appointment to the role of chief executive at Hamilton City Council. The announcement was made on Friday by deputy mayor Bob Simcock following an extraordinary meeting of Council Thursday afternoon where the decision to appoint Mr Redman as CEO was made.
Mr Redman resigns as Hamilton mayor at the end of the month and will begin his new role as CEO effective 1 July. A new mayor is expected to be elected from within Council at a scheduled Council meeting on 23 May. The new mayor will hold office until the Triennial Council elections in October.
The position of Hamilton City Council CEO was advertised during March/April following the resignation of previous incumbent Tony Marryatt.
Recruitment agency Bell McCaw Bampfylde managed the executive search for the role and delivered a shortlist of candidates to Council on Wednesday evening this week for their consideration. Mr Redman engaged strictly as a candidate only in the formal recruitment process and was subsequently short-listed.
Mr Simcock said that while the move was a complete surprise to Council due to Mr Redman's highly successful term as Hamilton mayor, the reasoning for the move became quickly apparent.
"Michael has delivered an exceptional service to the city as mayor. His clear leadership, innovative forward-thinking has contributed significantly to the vision for the city, which will be delivered though Council's 10-year plan. The blueprint is in place and it is now the responsibility of Council to deliver on it. As CEO of the organisation, Michael saw the opportunity to contribute to that vision in a hands-on, tangible way."
Council conducted interviews with all short-listed candidates at a specially convened Council meeting on Thursday, including Mr Redman. Mr Redman did not attend any other interviews and played no part in the selection process.
After close of interviews, Council decided the successful candidate by vote. Council voted overwhelmingly in favour of Mr Redman's application.
Mr Simcock said that while the level of candidates was exceptionally high, it was Mr Redman's intimate understanding of the Council's vision for the city and comprehensive knowledge of the workings of the organisation that made him the stand-out applicant.
Mr Redman says the decision to put his name forward for the role of CEO was a difficult one.
"Certainly a consideration was the challenge that is presented in balancing the necessary demands of being mayor with the needs of a young family, and whether that could be sustained in the long term.
"Becoming Hamilton mayor has been an honour and a privilege. I entered into the role with a clear vision of Hamilton's potential and believe that over the last three years, Council has taken significant strides in unleashing that. In terms of what I had envisioned for the city I am immensely happy with what has been achieved.
"I wish to thank all those who have so generously given their support during my term.
"The opportunity to apply for the vacant position for CEO of Hamilton City Council was a rare and special prospect. It represented the chance to continue my commitment to the city in a leadership role and to play a hands-on role in fulfilling Council's plans. Subsequently it represented an opportunity I simply could not pass by."
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