Marryatt gone

September 14th, 2013 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

chief executive has resigned, with a $270,000 payout.

The council accepted his resignation today, effective from November 30.

But he will not return to work in the meantime and will remain on full pay until then.

The payout will grate with many, myself included. But the reality of our employment laws is that sacking someone for just cause is extremely difficult and can lead to years of court action. One ex RNZ manager is into year 10 of her lawsuit!

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21 Responses to “Marryatt gone”

  1. kowtow (8,487 comments) says:

    Oh for the good ole days when the Mayor and his council ran a town along with the life time council staff who rose up the ranks and knew their work inside out.

    Now we live an an extraordinarily expensive era of professional managers (CEOs) who ‘ve done a dgree or two in bullshit and command international salaries as they are recruited on the international stage.

    What bollocks!

    And this managerialism is across practically every industry and sector and what’s it got for us?

    Debt ,crisis , inertia ,inefficiency and corruption.

    The Emperor has no clothes ,most people know it, but no one is shouting.

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  2. slernz (33 comments) says:

    This is a disgrace. Marryatt is incompetent and did a poor job as CEO and yet he gets a handout and is on paid leave until November. Ridiculous. Marryatt has cost ratepayers millions and I’m sure there will be more unpleasant surprises for the incoming council to deal with too. Shameful.

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  3. thor42 (971 comments) says:

    Wow….. *I* could sure cope with a $270K golden-handshake for being sacked.

    I thought being sacked was supposed to be a “punishment”.

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  4. peterwn (3,273 comments) says:

    slernz – It is pretty difficult to prove someone is ‘incompetent’ for employment law purposes especially a senior manager. Even if CEO and other senior appointments were governed by pure contract law, successful appointees have sufficient bargaining ‘clout’ to soften any cessation of employment. The only ‘clout’ council CEO’s do not have is the ‘right’ to contract renewal as local government legislation specifically over-rules employment legislation with this.

    In a corporate setting the task of the CEO is to make money for the company, and the Board must have complete trust and confidence in the CEO – whose acts / omissions could land the directors in jail or home detention. If the CEO does not measure up, the CEO must be dislodges even if it means throwing money at him / her. A board needs to be virtually paranoid when appointing a CEO, and because of this will be generous when making a job offer. this is unfortunately why there is allegedly increasing income inequality. There are much higher expectations on a public or private sector CEO nowadays. 50 years ago a government department CEO was basically hired to continue running things as usual, so pay expectations were modest.

    For example around 1970 or so, the Broadcasting Corporation payroll system choked up – because the Director General’s salary rose to beyond $10,000 and the software could not handle it.

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  5. Reid (16,473 comments) says:

    The Emperor has no clothes ,most people know it, but no one is shouting.

    Yep. Someone on RadioNZ last night made the point for 200k you could get a decent CEO and that approximate ceiling should be applied to all publicly funded positions and lower ranked managers pay goes down from that ceiling. And who cares if we get a few monkeys, we get monkeys now. The argument we have to compete internationally doesn’t wash and we shouldn’t be forced into that thinking.

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  6. Warren Murray (311 comments) says:

    It is an appalling disgrace. If i read the report correctly (but i hope im wrong), he gets paid his salary of $540,000pa until end of November, that’s more than $10,000 per week! Then he has his hand out for $270,000. On top of that he will be paid any outstanding annual leave, which is leave not taken and leave accrued, which could be in excess of a further 10%. Don’t forget, he’s been on full pay since early July.

    Meanwhile the ratepayers are paying through the eyeballs for an acting CEO, an investigation into why CCC lost its accreditation and God knows what else.

    And he has the barefaced cheek to say he’s taking responsibility for the debacle by resigning?

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  7. dad4justice (8,224 comments) says:

    CCC = Canterbury Corruption Cooperation!

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  8. leftyliberal (651 comments) says:

    While it’s abhorrent that he should get any more cash, the critical thing will be what they do next. If they hire someone else for a similar salary then they clearly haven’t learnt anything.

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  9. hj (7,026 comments) says:

    Watching from the outside I see the Government wanting to discredit councils given the drive against the RMA etc. On the other hand (for one thing) it is very hard to know if/when we have a good mayor or a bad one. I don’t see why a broadcasting personality should make a good mayor and I never saw the point of the Garden City importing a garden event, better to graft on an existing institution. Old squeaky clean National has a little policy called population increase despite (obvious) growing pains. This all reminds me of what’s going on in Syria?

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  10. Chuck Bird (4,892 comments) says:

    There needs to be a shake up in employment law for those on those sort of salaries. This high salary should be contingent on the employer being satistfiied with the performance. Maybe 1 year contracts. If a skilled tradesman moved to Christchurch and was found not up to the job there is no way he or she would get that sort of payout. I am talking in relative terms not dollar terms.

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  11. hj (7,026 comments) says:

    I wonder how Jenny Shipley performed on $1000/ day (Plus scones)?

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  12. hj (7,026 comments) says:

    agree with Kowtow.

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  13. Paulus (2,628 comments) says:

    Look how in recent years the advent of Council’s has changed to being a contractual sinecure if you are found out to have stuffed up.
    I blame Clark’s intervention in employment of public servants particularly in Wellington, being like minded, often women, to her aspirations, and being rewarded with money contracts in the event of a stuff up –
    Nobody can be sacked these days in the Public Service – No Council CEO is immune to being financially rewarded in a stuff up.

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  14. Anthony (796 comments) says:

    It’s always been difficult to sack public servants but in the old days (as pointed out above) they never earned much. Even in the early 90s the head of IRD (with 5,000 odd staff) was only on 120K.

    What is so bad is that people with a poor track record are hired. There is no digging into people’s past – the employers seem to believe puff piece CVs and choose people who interview well. The correlation between interviewing and on the job performance is almost none in my experience.

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  15. Richard Hurst (859 comments) says:

    Mr Marryatt is leaving a great deal richer than when he arrived and leaving the city a great deal poorer aided by Mayor Parker and his ‘A’ team (some of whom are standing again!) The Henderson property deals, the loss making flower show farce, the bungled under-insurance of council owned infrastructure, the outright lies over the construction of the Northlands mall bus exchange, the poor performance reviews, failure to met even basic council KPI’s, the extra day paid holiday gifted to staff while the ratepayers suffered rates rising ahead of inflation and finally the loss of building consent authority one of the most basic functions of any council.
    At the worst possible time in the history of Christchurch we got the worst possible Chief Executive and the worst possible mayor and the worst possible council.

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  16. metcalph (1,430 comments) says:

    One consideration of Mr Marryat’s high departure bonus (High in the light of serious misconduct) is that the City Council as a whole (ie not just Parker and the A team but all the Councillors) was not acting as a good employer and indulged in conduct that verged upon constructive dismissal, whereupon the Council would have had to pay a lot more than what Marryat was entitled to as part of his contract.

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  17. liarbors a joke (1,069 comments) says:

    Dont forget…vote NO Ngaire Button
    vote NO Aaron Keown

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  18. gump (1,649 comments) says:

    Weren’t some of you guys recently arguing that large salaries were necessary to attract the top managerial talent needed for these positions?

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  19. lolitasbrother (698 comments) says:

    It took a long time and a lot of work by a lot people to be rid of Marryat and Parker.
    The Christchurch City Council is still just as dead.
    Tim Carter wouldn’t have a bar of it, Townsend wouldn’t, and none of our leading lights would go near.
    Where is Rodney Hide when you need him.
    NZ Government must take Canterbury forward by sacking the crazy DaLziel now. Nobody has any faith in her.
    No bloody Caygill family thanks

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  20. lolitasbrother (698 comments) says:

    September 14th, 2013 at 6:06 pm
    Dont forget…vote NO Ngaire Button
    vote NO Aaron Keown

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  21. lolitasbrother (698 comments) says:

    Marryat instead of collecting money should be sent to Greenland with Bob Parker and also with Geoffrey Palmer, and Chen,
    no return Visa. die you bastards .

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