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State Services Commission boss Iain Rennie won't seek reappointment

The country's top civil servant has been in the role for eight years and will leave on June 30.

Sophie Boot
Thu, 18 Feb 2016

State Services Commission head Iain Rennie won't seek reappointment when his term ends on June 30.

The country's top civil servant has been in the role for eight years and will leave on June 30. State Services Minister Paula Bennett today said Rennie advised her he wouldn't seek a further term. Applications for the new commissioner will open in March, and Bennett will oversee the process.

The commissioner's role includes appointing public service chief executives, reviewing the performance of those chief executives, and investigating and reporting on departmental performance within the state sector.

The role is a statutory appointment, made by the governor general on the recommendation of the prime minister.

Rennie attracted criticism for his handling of former Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority head Roger Sutton's resignation in 2014 after the commission investigated a complaint of sexual harassment from a senior staff member at the agency

The Public Service Association said Rennie had been a "firm, calm voice for state services and the people they employ" and it will be sorry to see him go after guiding the public service through some difficult times.

(BusinessDesk)

Sophie Boot
Thu, 18 Feb 2016
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