The sudden departure of Thames-Coromandel District Council’s IS manager could conceivably have happened anywhere, though the incident raises questions around the filling senior IT positions in the regions.
Thames-Coromandel District Council chief executive Steve Ruru says the council was “comfortable with the number of applications” for the recently advertised position of IS manager, but says the ease or difficulty of attracting senior staff to work at the council “varies a lot”.
“It varies depending on market conditions. Go to any agency and you’ll find they sometimes have difficulty recruiting for specialist positions, even in Auckland. We’re no different. Sometimes it’s difficult, and that’s why we use recruitment agencies for senior positions.”
Several IT management positions have been re-advertised recently, including one for an IT manager at Otago Polytechnic, first advertised in October, and a Christchurch-based customer systems manager role at Ravensdown Fertiliser, first advertised in November.
Last year Zespri gave up a search for a CIO after more than a year.
Former CIO Grahame Coles eventually took on the role once more, under the title change and strategy manager, following a restructuring of the kiwifruit marketer.
Speaking to Computerworld last year, he said the prospect of living in Tauranga may have put some candidates off.