Tauranga City Council has confirmed Leigh Auton as the city’s new chief executive officer following a confidential council meeting on Thursday.
Council confirmed Leigh’s fixed term 12 month contract and decided on a remuneration package with a total salary of $340,000 – the amount independently determined for the size of the position.
Leigh Auton has been formally appointed as Tauranga City Council CEO.
Leigh’s position becomes effective from Tuesday, August 14 following the open council meeting on Monday, August 13 where the full delegations of the chief executive will be resolved.
Leigh was first appointed interim CEO on July 30 after former CEO Ken Paterson died suddenly on June 18.
He was to be officially confirmed as CEO earlier this week but a mistake on the agenda meant the meeting had to be postponed.
Leigh’s will continue the process of restructuring the council, a job that Ken begun.
Leigh was the former chief executive of Manukau City Council in Auckland but now runs his own consulting business.