Dean Kimpton (centre) with Lime Scooter’s Hank Rowe and Auckland Transport CEO Shane Ellison (right)
Auckland Council’s chief operating officer Dean Kimpton is quitting after more than five years in the role, to take a break.
Kimpton is one tier down from the chief executive Stephen Town, and has been responsible for most of the council’s day-to-day operations.
“I have made the difficult decision to resign from my role and plan on taking some time off and having a decent holiday,” said Kimpton in a statement published on the council website.
Kimpton is the highest serving council executive who came from outside the public service, joining the council in 2013.
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Kimpton had been the New Zealand managing director of engineering consultancy AECOM before taking up his role.
He has most recently fronted the council’s dealing with rental e-scooter company Lime, including its suspension from Auckland’s streets while technical problems were sorted.
“I have had an amazing five-plus years. I have loved the people, the pace, the issues and challenges that have come my way,” he said.
Town said KImpton had overseen significant changes that had changed the organisation’s way of working and focused on customer experience.
“Dean has been a pivotal figure in his five and half years here and leaves the council and the Operations division in great shape to help,” said Town.
Kimpton will continue with the council for several more months.