Salary request turned down
The Remuneration Authority has rejected Porirua City Council’s request to increase the salary of Euon Murrell, which would have also cut the pay to deputy mayor Liz Kelly.
In April, councillor ’ Ana Coffey moved an amendment to increase the $ 35,972 salary of committee chairman Mr Murrell by 5 per cent to reflect his workload.
Standard councillors were also to receive a small pay increase.
The changes were to come at the expense of Ms Kelly’s $40,288 salary.
The Authority declined a reduction to Ms Kelly’s salary, which council chief executive Gary Simpson said was ‘‘very unusual’’.
‘‘They normally don’t get involved to that level [ but] they are not convinced that significant consideration has been given to the decision.’’
The amendment was moved by a councillor as opposed to an officers’ report, and this ‘‘ may have influenced the Authority’’, said Mr Simpson.
‘‘We only have one committee and the chair has a fair workload.
‘‘The change was trying to recognise that the two positions [deputy mayor and committee chair] were similar.’’ Ms Kelly said the ruling was fair. ‘‘I have worked hard to ensure the best interests of the city are represented, especially across the wider region, and a reduction in salary was not justified..’’
A report outlining the Remuneration Authority’s decision will go before a future committee meeting.
Flotsam: Furniture is collecting outside a number of the boatsheds at the southern end of
Titahi Bay beach.