Salary re­quest turned down

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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