Ex-local government New Zealand chief executive Peter Winder is to investigate Christchurch’s chief executive Tony Marryatt “fairly and impartially," according to a Christchurch council media statement.
For around $50,000, Mr Winder will undertake an independent investigation into Mr Marryatt's actions and knowledge of, and management, in relation to matters leading to the revocation of accreditation as a building consent authority.
Mr Winder was a former Local Government New Zealand chief executive from 2001-2003.
He is expected to produce a report by mid-August.
The council says it intends to release the completed report "to the fullest extent possible consistent with its privacy and other legal obligations”.
The terms of reference are for an independent investigation into the alleged failures of the chief executive officer to keep the mayor and councillors appropriately informed, and to manage the consenting department and processes of the council, leading to the loss of its building consent accreditation, which was followed by a loss of insurance cover, a credit downgrade and the appointment of a Crown manager.