Chris English, Christchurch’s Worst Trougher?

After the 2010 council elections I posted about Chris English. 

Chris English ignored electoral rules.

Then he bailed on his mates who got him elected.

Now Chris English is failing to turn up to his community board meetings because he lives in Timaru working for the Timaru District Council, but hasn’t resigned as a community board member. 

According to his signature file he is:

Chris English
Group Manager Regulatory Services

The Timaru Herald even did nice little feature on his new job.

Chris English, the Timaru District Council’s new regulatory services manager, was a community board member until two months ago – on a board representing 66,000 people, half as many again as live in the whole Timaru district.

Council reporter Rhonda Markbychats to him about his career, and his hopes and plans for the district council.

The “customer is king” might be the mantra of many a privately-owned business, but the Timaru District Council’s new regulatory services manager, Chris English, believes it should be no different when the public is the customer, and the council the “business”.

According to council documents he is still considered a community board member…when then does he assist with the fantasy that he has quit?


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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