Seven senior staff at Rotorua Lakes Council can now call themselves deputy chief executives, and one has had a minimum $40,000 pay rise.
Another deputy chief executive is undergoing a salary review.
The move has been described as “unbelievable” and “laughable” by a former Rotorua mayor, who says he believes there is little chance the change will enhance services to ratepayers.
A local government expert says it represents a “detachment from reality”, but a local government managers representative says the new titles are based on outcomes instead of functions.
I bet you none of those outcomes are keeping rates affordable for ratepayers!