KCDC Awards Big Pay Rise to Chief Executive
The chief executive is directly accountable to the elected Council for all spending.
According to our sources, Councillors increased the pay package of the chief executive to $285,000 during his public-excluded annual performance review at the end of last year.
But one of the strongest critics of the KCDC performance, the former Mayoral candidate Chris Turver has called on Mr Dougherty to decline the pay rise and take a voluntary pay cut to help reduce the $10 million overspend.
Mr Turver says the pay rise, of 18.2 percent, is not only grossly insensitive in an economic climate in which most people get no, or minimal, increases but raises serious questions about the judgement of the Council.
“How can anybody be given a pay rise of that scale when the ratepayers who pay the salary find that the Council’s performance is so poor that their money is needed to fund major project blowouts?
“It would now be seen that local government rewards – rather than penalises – overspending.”
Views of Mayor Sought
As the CEO is by convention unable to reply to criticism like that voiced by Mr Turver, the Kapiti Indpendent has asked Mayor Jenny Rowan and the KCDC’s Communications Manager for comment.
As soon as the Independent receives a Council reply this will be published.
Mr Turver’s conclusion
In his statement, Mr Turver concludes: “The $44,000 pay rise alone would be enough to support a family of four and would still leave the chief executive enough to exist on his current package of $241,000.
“There is something seriously wrong with a system which rewards failure and we should be told who proposed the pay rise and if all elected Councillors voted for it.”
Further Information: Chris Turver 06-3643640 or 027-230