Job process questioned
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.