An acting chief executive recommended by the mayor has started work at the Kaipara District Council.

Peter Tynan from Auckland will fill the position until a new CEO is appointed, likely to be at the beginning of next year.

A qualified accountant, he worked as the chief executive of Southern Cross Health Care until July last year and has already started in his new role at KDC.

Kaipara mayor Greg Gent is the chairman of Southern Cross Health Care.

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Mr Tynan's acting appointment follows the sudden resignation three weeks ago of KDC chief executive Graham Sibery after just over an year into the job.

The mayor said although Mr Tynan- like Mr Sibery- had no local government experience, he was a capable and experienced manager in all other aspects.

The acting CEO was appointed by the full council after a recommendation from its Remuneration Committee chaired by Mr Gent.

The mayor said recommended Mr Tynan to the committee.

Mr Gent said although he and Mr Tynan worked together previously, there was no conflict of interest as he knew Mr Tynan on a professional level only.

"It is my judgment, and the committee's after interview, that he brings all the skills that Kaipara needs during this interim period other than local government experience," Mr Gent said.

The council was looking at three recruitment firms shortlisted from outside Northland, one of which would help selecting the next CEO.

"It can take between three and five months. The recruitment firm will spend time with the council in terms of the expertise the new CEO should possess and I think that will be very important."