Job done - Thames-Coromandel District Council Chief Executive calls time 14 December 2015 Chief Executive of Thames-Coromandel District Council David Hammond has announced he will be leaving Council at the end of the financial year on 30 June 2016. "We have nothing but appreciation and respect for David's input on the Coromandel," says Mayor Glenn Leach. "We inherited a Council that had lost touch with its community, and was crippled under high rates and debt. With David’s passion for Community Empowerment we have turned this around and what's been achieved is huge," says Mayor Glenn Leach. "Working for the Thames-Coromandel District has been a challenging and rewarding time and I have thoroughly enjoyed working for Mayor Glenn and his team," says Mr Hammond. "There was no blueprint to do what we achieved here - we wrote the book on it ourselves. A Chief Executive needs to know when he has achieved what he was brought on to do. I have met that mark and will leave the Council with great staff and in great heart." Mr Hammond was brought to Coromandel in January 2012 for a three-year period to lead a restructure of staffing, costs and community governance structures. His time was extended further to help Council stabilise and consolidate following that change period. "David has made some lasting contributions to the Coromandel during his tenure as CE," says Mayor Leach. These include: • Developing the most devolved model of local government decision-making in New Zealand and Australia through our Community Empowerment structure which Mr Hammond has spoken about internationally • Pulling council operational costs down to the lowest per property in the Waikato post-restructure;• Leading our Council out of high rates with several years of consecutive rate decreases, and with many District Commercial and Rural rates not expected to rise back up to former 2010 levels for over 15 years; • Leading our Council out of high debt with a projection now made of nil external debt possible over the decade. Mr Hammond and his family will remain on the Coromandel which has become their adopted home.