Management structure and elected member relationship

The Local Government Act 2002 requires the Council to employ a Chief Executive whose responsibilities are to employ other staff on behalf of the Council, to implement Council decisions and provide advice to the Council. 

Under the Local Government Act 2002, the Chief Executive is the only person who may lawfully give instructions to a staff member.  Any complaint about individual staff members should therefore be directed to the Chief Executive, rather than to councillors. 

The Chief Executive, Mr Harry Wilson, can be reached on 06 306 9611 xtn 831 or by email

Council management is organised into four groups:  Partnerships and Operations, Planning and Environment, Policy and Governance, and Corporate Services/Finance.  An organisational chart can be found here, and contact details for staff are here.  

For information on the division of responsibility between the Council and Management click here.

South Wairarapa District Council