Council increases CEO’s pay to $419,000 – he’s outstanding, says the mayor

Press Release – Wellington City Council
The Wellington City Council’s Performance Review Committee has completed its annual review of the performance of Council Chief Executive Garry Poole.

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says Mr Poole has put in another year of outstanding service and leadership for the Council.

“Garry continues to be a strong and positive leader within our organisation, around the region and in the local government sector. He encourages the Council to take a wider view of the issues affecting Wellington which gives us an excellent basis for setting our strategic direction.”

Mayor Wade-Brown says Mr Poole chairs the Metro Sector CEOs’ group and is considered one of the country’s most experienced chief executives.

The Performance Review Committee has confirmed Mr Poole’s salary will move from $406,230 to $419,230 – an increase of 3.2 percent.

Deputy Mayor Ian McKinnon, who chairs the committee, says Mr Poole met all his performance measures – and exceeded expectations on a number of them.

The committee, comprising Cr McKinnon, Mayor Wade-Brown and Councillors Ray Ahipene-Mercer, John Morrison and Paul Eagle, received the assistance of an independent human resources expert who gave advice on chief executive performance and remuneration in the public sector.

Cr McKinnon says Mr Poole’s achievements in the past 12 months have included his stewardship of the 2010 local elections and his leading role in the negotiation and introduction at a national level of the leaky homes Financial Assistance Package.

“The Chief Executive has also overseen the completion of the new ASB Sports Centre, preparations for Rugby World Cup 2011 and has led moves to improve emergency preparedness in the city and region.

“And of course he has ensured Council services remain of high quality and are financially sustainable.”

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