Appointment to the Elected Member Conduct Committee

The Queenstown Lakes District Council has formed an Elected Member Conduct Committee. The committee comprises 2 elected members and 1 independent person.  Applications to be appointed as the independent person are now open.

The elected member conduct committee deals with formal complaints about the conduct of elected members. The Committee is responsible for deciding whether a complaint should be upheld, and recommends what action should be taken by Council to resolve the complaint. 

To be eligible for appointment to the elected member conduct committee, a person must have practised as a lawyer for not less than seven years, and hold a current New Zealand Law Society practising certificate. Candidates must also demonstrate that they are of good character and possess the skill, experience and judgment needed to make appropriate decisions concerning the standard of conduct expected in local government. Prior experience in leading a disciplinary body is desirable.

Your application must include:

  • Your full curriculum vitae;

  • A brief covering note that states:
    • your relevant experience;
    • whether you are available to serve for a minimum of three years;
    • whether you are available at short notice; and
    • your expectations for remuneration (if any).
  • a full declaration of any actual or perceived conflicts of interest you may have submitted separately using this form;

The Committee is formed when required, and hearings will be held in the Queenstown Lakes District. Hearing procedure is governed by selected provisions of the Commissions of Inquiry Act 1908 and Council’s Standing Orders. There is some preparatory work involved and the independent committee member will be responsible for receiving a formal complaint, chairing a hearing (including dealing with any procedural issues), writing the decision of the committee and reporting to Council.

Appointment of the independent committee member is made by the Council, with shortlisting of appointable candidates to be prepared by the Chief Executive.

Applications (including the conflict of interest declaration) must be received before 5pm, 6 July 2015 and be addressed to:

The Chief Executive, Queenstown Lakes District Council, 10 Gorge Road, Queenstown 9300; or, with the subject line: “Application for Appointment to Elected Member Conduct Committee”

Further information is available here:

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