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Recruitment of new wardens: Council comment

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26 February 2014

Recruitment of new wardens: Council comment

Wellington City Councillors were updated this afternoon on the implementation of their decision to bring parking services in-house.

Wellington Mayor, Celia Wade-Brown, says it’s good to see progress on implementing Council’s decision to bring parking services in-house.

“Council reviewed its service delivery of parking in November 2013 and we unanimously voted to bring the service in-house for a range of reasons,” she says.

“Bringing the parking services in house makes sense from ambassadorial, technological, financial and human resources points of view, providing better value for money with savings of around $200,000 in annual operating costs and better oversight on parking operations.”

The Council’s Chief Executive, Kevin Lavery, told Councillors that wardens and other staff employed by Parkwise will have the opportunity to apply for new positions at Wellington City Council.

“While aspects of the new Parking Services will be the same as the current Parkwise officers' roles, there will be extra expectations on the parking officers including the city ambassadorial role and an ability to use new technology.”

Mr Lavery says he encourages all Parkwise wardens to apply and says they will be guaranteed an interview.

“The key driver is to get the best people for the new roles. We will advertise and the officers will be part of a recruitment process run by an external recruitment firm. This will ensure a fair and independent process is held.

“We are happy to talk to the incumbent wardens to explain the process, what will be expected from the new roles, and encourage and support them to apply.”

Job descriptions for the new role will be advertised on Wellington City Council’s website in April.

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