No pay rise for Council chief

Rotorua District Council chief executive Peter Guerin will not be receiving a pay rise for the second year in a row because of fiscal constraints.

Rotorua Mayor Kevin Winters said Mr Guerin and the council had jointly reached the conclusion that it was appropriate there be no change to his salary again this year.

"This means Mr Guerin's remuneration for the 2012/13 year remains unchanged from the level set two years ago in 2010. It's acknowledgement of the difficult economic times others in our community are facing. Mr Guerin has shown admirable leadership in supporting this position and being prepared to forego any salary increase at this time."

Mr Guerin's remuneration package is $332,640.

Mr Winters said the decision not to give Mr Guerin a pay rise was not a reflection on his performance.

"On the contrary, he and his staff have clearly achieved much in the last 12 months, and they have continued to deliver services at high levels, with less available funding in many cases.

Continuing low rates increases, high levels of satisfaction with council services by residents and a number of national awards support this."

Mr Winters said the council had, last Friday, completed its annual performance review process with Mr Guerin. He said it was one of the mayor and councillors' most important jobs as the chief executive was the only employee elected members had responsibility for.

Under legislation the chief executive is responsible for employing and managing all other staff.

"While we identified a small number of areas that we want Mr Guerin to give more focus to over the next 12 months his performance assessment for 2011/12 was a substantially positive one. Councillors unanimously agreed that the grading 'fully effective' be applied to Mr Guerin's performance, one of the highest rankings available to us in our performance review system."

- Rotorua Daily Post

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