I was interested in reading M Smith’s call for the return of former Mayor Gordon Blake.
Whatever his reasons, I’m afraid changing the mayor won’t solve any of his perceived problems within council.
It appears that not many people in this district are aware that we have two councils.
Those elected by us and the executive, the permanent council staff who are supposed to carry out the wishes of elected members.
The chief executive David Hall is the person responsible for the direction, control and discipline of the paid staff.
The mayor and elected councillors have absolutely no authority over the paid staff, and if there is a monumental stuff up by a staff member, such as a waste handling contract, the only person who can discipline that member is the chief executive.
This apparently didn’t happen and is not good enough.
This staff member, by incompetence or skulduggery, cost the ratepayers about $380,000 and as far as I’m aware is still on the payroll.
There is some hope on the horizon in so far as the Government’s Local Body Authority is now debating changes to the act which would give the mayor, in particular, more authority over permanent staff, such that councils can be