Kāpiti CEO Moves ON

Pat Dougherty goes back to Nelson

Kāpiti Coast District Council Chief Executive Pat Dougherty has resigned, following his appointment as Chief Executive of Nelson City Council.

Mr Dougherty says he has enjoyed his time in Kāpiti but now the time is right to step up and try something different.

Proud of achievements

“I am very proud of my staff, the quality of our organisation and what it has achieved in my time here. But after nearly a decade in the role, the attraction of new challenges had become increasingly difficult to ignore.

Nelson — central city precinct

“Taking on the role at Nelson City Council presents some exciting new opportunities for me. It’s a unitary council, with the responsibilities of both a city and regional council, and the team there is working on a number of significant and innovative projects that I would like to be involved with,” Mr Dougherty says.

“Another attraction is that it is a city my wife Leigh and I lived in for 22 years so we’ll be returning to a community that we know very well.”

Many changes

Mr Dougherty says Kāpiti has seen a lot of change in his time here, with more to come as the opportunities brought about by the new expressway, and the

Kapiti Expressway

impacts of climate change, become clearer.

“I feel that I’m leaving the organisation in good shape to tackle the evolving needs and expectations of the communities here on the Coast.”

Mayor on a different tack

Kāpiti Coast Mayor K. Gurunathan today reflected on some of the Council’s significant achievements under Mr Dougherty’s leadership.

“The legacy of Pat’s tireless advocacy for our district’s interests throughout the process of planning and building the expressway will be visible in Kāpiti for many years to come,” says Mayor Gurunathan.