Turver says KCDC can’t ‘pass buck’ on CEO’s
Former Kapiti mayoral candidate Chris Turver says the efforts by Mayor Rowan to ‘pass the buck’ for setting pay packages of local government chief executives ignores the fact that local authorities are the direct employers of their CEO’s.
He says the remuneration of elected Mayors and Councillors is set by the Remuneration Authority because it would be entirely inappropriate for them to set their own pay.
But chief executives are interviewed and hired by elected Mayors and a sub-committee of Councillors.
“It is the direct responsibility of the employer to set the pay and conditions of their CEOs and to review their performance each year,” says Mr Turver.
“If Mayor Rowan does not understand this,” he says, “she should not be in the job.”