20 Sep 2013

Lawyer named to chair council inquiry

11:50 am on 20 September 2013

The Whangarei District Council has appointed an Auckland lawyer to head an inquiry into the actions of its chief executive Mark Simpson.

Mr Simpson sacked his personal assistant for nominating a mayoral candidate, but allowed his executive assistant to help the council's finance chairman with his mayoral campaign.

A partner with law firm Dawson Harford, Simon Stokes, will chair a review team of three councillors.

The firm's website says Mr Stokes specialises in commercial litigation, construction contracts, mediation and arbitration.