DCC chief executive Paul Orders recommended for Cardiff

An honour you can’t throw away.

Dunedin City Council – Media Release
DCC CEO Recommended for Cardiff Post

This item was published on 24 Sep 2013.

Paul Orders (4)Dunedin City Council Chief Executive Paul Orders has been recommended for the position of Chief Executive of Cardiff Council in Wales.
Cardiff Council’s Appointments Committee has recommended that Mr Orders should be appointed to the role. The appointment is subject to formal approval by the full Cardiff Council on 26 September.
Mr Orders has advised the Mayor of Dunedin Dave Cull and Dunedin City Councillors of the position. He will be advising staff today.

Mr Orders came to the DCC in September 2011 from the role of Cardiff Council Corporate Director and this appointment would see him return to his home city of Cardiff. Mr Orders says he has enjoyed his time at the DCC and the challenges presented. The role at Cardiff is one of the few positions that could attract him and his family away from Dunedin.

“My time working for the Dunedin City Council has been stimulating and enjoyable, personally and professionally.”

At yesterday’s meeting, the Dunedin City Council discussed in-committee the process and timeframe for appointing a new chief executive. It is expected Mr Orders would remain in his current post until late this year. There will be no further comment on this issue until the Cardiff Council has formally approved the appointment.

Contact Manager, Council Communications and Marketing on 477 4000.
DCC Link

### ODT Online Tue, 24 Sep 2013
Orders set to quit council
By Chris Morris
The Dunedin City Council has been dealt a body blow with confirmation chief executive Paul Orders is poised to head back to Wales. Mr Orders will this morning be named in Wales as the recommended candidate to take the chief executive’s position at Cardiff Council. The new role would see Mr Orders returning to the organisation he left in 2011, when he came to Dunedin, and assuming responsibility for workforce of 18,000 and an annual budget of nearly $2 billion. Mr Orders is yet to officially tender his resignation in Dunedin but he was the unanimous choice of Cardiff Council’s appointment committee.
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20 responses to “DCC chief executive Paul Orders recommended for Cardiff

  1. Jock strap

    With Paul Orders moving on the oddity needs to prepare for the obituary of the Dunedin City.

  2. Peter

    He was always going to face an uphill battle restoring some semblance of financial sanity around the council table. The whole thing could have worked well, but it required real change both at the administrative and political level. We got one side of the equation on the way to being fixed, but not the other – despite the protestations of Greater Dunedin that they were going to sort things out as a sensible block of votes on council. They are as all over the place as the rest of them and, to be fair, our people as a whole. Solutions? I have no idea to be honest. We keep voting back too many of the wrong type of people to represent us.

  3. ### dunedintv.co.nz September 24, 2013 – 7:00pm
    Paul Orders era over
    The brief era of DCC head Paul Orders appears to be over, with just final confirmation required before he returns to Wales later this year.

    • ### ODT Online Fri, 27 Sep 2013
      City already seeking CEO
      By Chris Morris
      The Dunedin City Council is not waiting as it starts the search to replace chief executive Paul Orders. The council yesterday began advertising for a new chief executive, one day before Mr Orders was expected to be formally confirmed as Cardiff Council’s next chief executive in Wales today. Mayor Dave Cull and Mr Orders have declined to be interviewed about the pending appointment until it was official. However, a job description for the role of council chief executive appeared on the LinkedIn social networking site yesterday afternoon, calling for interested candidates to submit their applications by October 11. It said the council was seeking a new chief executive ”to deliver the council’s budgetary and policy priorities, and lead staff in achieving high-performing services”.
      Read more

      • ### ODT Online Fri, 27 Sep 2013
        City already seeking CEO
        By Chris Morris
        “The Dunedin City Council is not waiting as it starts the search to replace chief executive Paul Orders.”

        Well that makes a change from the last performance. We had a hiatus of the best part of a year before Paul Orders took up the reigns. In the meantime………councillors playtime?

  4. Anonymous

    “Previous applicants need not apply”

  5. More importantly, it is the content and caliber of the newly elected Mayor and Council who will make the appointment of Mr Orders’ successor.

  6. John P.Evans, council nominee

    The indecent haste with which the DCC has advertised for a new CEO (ODT sept 27 page 5) beggars belief!

    There is an election in process which may completely wipe out the present guard and after this show of arrogance probably should!

    Why should the failed councillors choose the new CEO, negating the views of your newly elected representatives ?

    The council has asked for all applicants to have their CV’s in place by October 11, coincidentally the date before the last day of voters opportunity to choose their councillors and decision makers.

    Perhaps the saddest part of this arrogance is that the current deputy CEO and council employees with the right qualifications are clearly not sufficiently capable of running the DCC in the exiting CEO’s absence and if that is so, why are we paying them the exorbitant salaries which would warrant at least the ability to temporarily manage. And of course from the perspective of the manager why are they not given the opportunity to shine that Ben Ainsley took when Oracle was languishing down 8-1 as Dunedin is at present. Perhaps the local person may be the perfect answer!

    It appears that whilst Paul Orders rides off on his pony and cob, we in Dunedin will get a foreign ass appointed by a local ass ociation.

    • John, it’ll take time to shortlist, interview whether in person or by online means, and negotiate terms of contract, plus work out notice at their previous employment etc etc. See how it goes. Cull adding more debt to the glorious total in the last three years (see Cr Vandervis’s chart) makes the ‘whole place’ seem that more unattractive to any hot-blooded, ladder-climbing, intending chief executive, female or male.

  7. Confirmed. Dunedin City Council Chief executive Paul Orders was yesterday endorsed by Cardiff Council as its next chief executive, after earlier this week being named as the council appointment committee’s unanimous choice for the role. The decision meant Mr Orders was expected to tender his resignation in Dunedin and return to Cardiff before the end of the year.
    ODT 28.9.13 (page 4) – read more at ODT Online tomorrow.

    [29.9.13 http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/274999/orders-leaving-mixed-emotions ]

    • ### ODT Online Tue, 1 Oct 2013
      Mayor says Orders has been worth every cent
      By Chris Morris
      Outgoing chief executive Paul Orders has been worth every cent, Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull says. Mr Cull said and he had no concerns about Mr Orders’ early departure just two years into a five-year contract. Mr Cull also remained confident the council was not about to slip back into old habits after Mr Orders’ departure, saying the next chief executive would face similar expectations.
      Mr Orders would receive neither an exit package nor any penalty when he left, Mr Cull confirmed. He denied Mr Orders’ departure would be a major blow for the organisation, saying ”the bulk” of changes under Mr Orders were now in place.
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  8. Copied from another thread – relevance.
    I’ll scan the ad later today for posting.

    Calvin Oaten
    Submitted on 2013/09/29 at 1:32 pm

    Anyone read the ‘job add’ in the ODT for the CEO’s position? A whole lot of flowery crap as usual. The only reference of note is: “A key responsibility will be to ensure the organisation is appropriately resourced, well managed and working within self-imposed financial parameters”. No mention of the fact that the city is already ‘imposed’ by $623 million of debt, nor how it may be ‘appropriately resourced’ other than ripping into the ratepayers.
    The main bullets:
    ● Organisational Leadership
    ● Delivery and Communication
    ● Vision for the City
    Jeez! that’s what we need, “more vision” like Jim Harland expressed. Let’s see what turns up. Merlin the magician I hope.

  9. ### ODT Online Wed, 16 Oct 2013
    ‘Broad interest’ in DCC CEO role
    By Chris Morris
    International candidates are again in the running for the top job at the Dunedin City Council.
    Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull yesterday confirmed there had been ”broad interest” from candidates within New Zealand and internationally vying to replace outgoing chief executive Paul Orders.
    Mr Cull could not say how many applications had been received by last Friday’s deadline, but said the new council would have ”plenty to choose from”.
    Read more

    • ### ODT Online Thu, 17 Oct 2013
      Council not saying how many applied for CEO role
      By Chris Morris
      The Dunedin City Council will not say how many applications it has received for the organisation’s top job. Instead, council staff, responding to Otago Daily Times requests, said the information would be released only after the new council was officially sworn in on October 29. ”Once councillors have been provided with the information, then we will supply it to you,” was all council corporate services group manager Sandy Graham was prepared to say yesterday.
      The refusal came after applications for the post – replacing outgoing chief executive Paul Orders – closed last Friday.
      Read more

      • DCC’s chief executive appraisal and appointment committee met yesterday.

        ### ODT Online Tue, 5 Nov 2013
        CEO announcement likely by end of month
        By Chris Morris
        The Dunedin City Council expects to announce its next chief executive by the end of the month, Mayor Dave Cull says. Contacted by the Otago Daily Times, Mr Cull said the list of ”around 30” applicants had already been whittled down to form a ”long list” of candidates.
        Read more

  10. Anonymous

    Hopefully not a long list whittled down by Dave Cull.

  11. I’d be interested in the ‘whittlings’. Could be an interesting list there which we citizens will never be privy to. Even our non panel elected members will be denied the full view. That smacks of ‘dictatorship’ to me. Good on yer Dave!

    • Calvin, ’employers’ don’t normally tempt legal fate by publishing their shortlists. DCC is no different despite any collective wish in the public mind to be easily gratified on names, experience or politics.
      Unless… there’s a leak.

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