Acting Christchurch City
Council boss Jane Parfitt may get a $90,000-plus pay rise
The Star can reveal that city councillors will meet
behind closed doors to vote on whether Ms Parfitt will get an
extra $91,104 added to her current $324,651 annual pay
A confidential report prepared by the city council's general
manager human resources Chris Till says the pay hike
acknowledges the increased responsibilities Ms Parfitt has as
acting chief executive.
She took over the reigns in July after controversial chief
executive Tony Marryatt was sent on special leave pending a
Crown investigation into the city council's loss of its
Ms Parfitt was promoted from her role as general manager city
After an investigation into the consents debacle Mr Marryatt
resigned with an exit package of more than $400,000.
He had been on an annual salary of $538,522.
The city council has yet to advertise for a new chief
executive. Ms Parfitt will stay in the role until a new one
Mr Till's report to city councillors says that advice was
sought from the State Services Commission on setting Ms
Parfitt's pay rise.
The commission said as Ms Parfitt was "only in a temporary
caretaker arrangement" she was not entitled to receive the
full remuneration of (a chief executive's) position.
Ms Parfitt's "acting allowance" has been calculated as "85
per cent of what a competent chief executive in an acting
role would be paid in the public sector".
If city councillors vote in favour of the increase it will
take Ms Parfitt's salary to $415,755 and the "acting
allowance" will be backdated backdated to July 4 when she
The report that will go to councillors today also shows that
Ms Parfitt has asked city councillors to consider increasing
her notice period to six months from three in the event of a
redundancy situation as the "new CEO may disestablish her
position" - that being the general manager of environment.
Ms Parfitt was chief executive of the Waimakariri District
Council for three years before moving to the city council.
She was also the chief executive of Healthlink South and is a
fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management.
- By Shelley Robinson
of the Christchurch Star