Christchurch City Council
chief executive Tony Marryatt has resigned, with a $270,000
The council accepted his resignation today, effective from
But he will not return to work in the meantime and will
remain on full pay until then.
Mr Marryatt has been on special leave pending the results of
an independent investigation into any actions or omissions by
him that may have led to the revocation of the embattled
council's accreditation as a building control authority.
The council employed Peter Winder of McGredy Winder and Co to
carry out the investigation.
His report identified a number of key issues that led to the
loss of accreditation, but in mitigation also noted the
pressures on the organisation and the chief executive as a
direct result of the disastrous series of earthquakes that
hit the city beginning in September 2010.
The report was of the view that in normal times a chief
executive would have been expected to be aware of the issues
relating to accreditation, but found that Mr Marryatt was not
aware of this situation until shortly before he informed the
The report stated that the chief executive "has been very
focused on pursuing specific council objectives, including
the signature projects and cost sharing agreement with
Government. Christchurch City Council is not in a business as
Mr Marryatt accepts that, despite the presence of mitigating
factors, the final responsibility for the loss of
accreditation must rest with him as the council's chief
executive, a council release says.
"Taking this into account, and with local government
elections due in October, Mr Marryatt feels this would be a
suitable time to resign," it states.
"The parties see this as enabling the new council to appoint
a new chief executive to work with them in continuing the
rebuild of Christchurch."
It has been agreed that Mr Marryatt's last day of employment
will be November 30, and he will be on full pay till then.
He will then be paid $269,264.00 gross which consists of his
notice period of three months paid in lieu, and a severance
payment equal to three months' remuneration.
"It has been agreed that between now and November 30, Mr
Marryatt will not be required to perform the chief executive
role but rather he will be available as required to assist
with handover matters and in the transition to a new council
and chief executive," the council statement says.
"Mr Marryatt wishes to thank council staff for their ongoing
support, work ethic and focus on making a difference during
extremely stressful and trying times.
"There will be no further comment from the mayor, Mr Marryatt
or the council on this matter."
The McGredy, Winder & Co. report will be made available
on the Christchurch City Council website by 6pm today.
- By Kurt Bayer of