Job process ques­tioned

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RE: ‘‘Slush fund handed over’’ ar­ti­cle, SWN June 25 2014

I watch with huge con­cern over the process used for han­dling these funds.

This ar­ti­cle clearly states that Cronin was ‘‘scouted’’ for the role by Neil Sin­clair.

It is good busi­ness prac­tice (and in­deed, com­mon sense) to of­fer these roles clearly de­fined and with a re­mu­ner­a­tion pack­age.

‘‘We’ve never re­ally talked about (pay), we haven’t re­ally got down and sussed out what the work­load is . . . ’’ is a clear in­di­ca­tor that ei­ther this an­nounce­ment is too early, or that this first stage of the han­dling of this fund has not been fully thought through.

While a shoul­der tap and a hand­shake worked last century, to­day it leaves or­gan­i­sa­tions far too ex­posed to mis­un­der­stand­ing and le­gal ac­tion.

My sec­ond con­cern is that this ‘‘exclusive’’ ap­proach (shoul­der tap­ping), which is used con­stantly in SW by coun­cil, means that great lo­cal people are not given the op­por­tu­nity to ap­ply for these key roles.

This first group of people and their de­ci­sions are crit­i­cal to the way the bal­ance of the $25 mil­lion funds are han­dled.

I am also very con­cerned about the words ‘‘he does not ex­pect any profit for him­self . . . ’’ Profit is quite dif­fer­ent to re­mu­ner­a­tion.

‘‘I think Neil just de­cided that I might just have a skill they could use.’’ Was this the job in­ter­view?

I am sure the ‘‘cho­sen ones’’ are ac­tu­ally highly qual­i­fied and good people, but this ap­proach by Neil is un­pro­fes­sional in the ex­treme, and is cer­tainly at odds with govern­ment and nor­mal busi­ness em­ploy­ment pro­cesses. Tracey Deane

Toko­roa Re­sponse from South Waikato District Coun­cil Mayor Neil Sin­clair: This was a coun­cil ap­point­ment and coun­cil eval­u­ated the back­ground, skills and ex­pe­ri­ence of all ini­tial trustees. This is the start of the process to fully es­tab­lish these trusts. These ini­tial trustees (in this unit) are only in place for a few months to es­tab­lish the trusts and set up the process of fi­nal ap­point­ment of trustees by the ap­point­ments panel. These trustees have all ex­pressed a com­mit­ment to the eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of the South Waikato; and trib­utes have flown in to coun­cil on how we were able to se­cure such a high cal­i­bre of ini­tial trustees, with such out­stand­ing ca­pa­bil­ity. From this point the In­sti­tute of Di­rec­tors be­comes the ma­jor­ity voice on the ap­point­ments panel.

More letters on p15.

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