Craig Stevenson heading to NPDC

Craig Stevenson heading to NPDC

Friday, August 04, 2017

The Mayor of New Plymouth District is delighted to announce Craig Stevenson is the new Chief Executive of New Plymouth District Council (NPDC).

There was a strong pool of applicants from around New Zealand and abroad but Craig really stood out says Mayor Neil Holdom.

“Craig has 40 years’ experience in Local Government and we are thrilled he will be our new NPDC Chief Executive,” says Mayor Holdom.

“He has a wealth of senior management experience, is a people person and has strong relationships across Taranaki and New Zealand.

“Craig joins us at an important time as we plan our 10-year work programme called the Long-Term Plan.”

The decision was made by the full Council and was unanimous.

Craig Stevenson is currently in his 13th year as Chief Executive of South Taranaki District Council. He has a strong reputation within the sector and an excellent understanding of the ‘business of local government’ due to holding dozens of different roles, ranging from office junior to CE.

“As a born and bred Taranaki man I’m delighted to secure this new role which will enable me to continue my passion for our outstanding province. I am really excited about this new opportunity but sad to be leaving the great team at South Taranaki District Council,” says Craig Stevenson.

The starting date for the new CE is being confirmed and is likely to be in late October.

South Taranaki District Council Mayor, Ross Dunlop says, “It will be sad to see Craig go, but it’s a real credit to him and his achievements that he has been able secure the chief executive position at the NPDC. Craig is a highly effective and respected local government chief executive and he leaves the STDC in excellent heart."

Mayor Dunlop says the Council will conduct a rigorous recruitment process to make sure they get the right person for South Taranaki.