Former DCC CEO left with $67.5k of unused leave

Council chief executive Dr Sue Bidrose at a press conference this afternoon. Photo: Peter McIntosh
Dr Sue Bidrose. Photo: Peter McIntosh
Former Dunedin City Council chief executive Dr Sue Bidrose was paid out $67,525 at the end of her contract for unused annual leave.

Dr Bidrose left the council on July 17 last year after a seven-year term.

Her remuneration from July 2019 to the end of June 2020 was $435,204.

She made headlines in 2019 when she tried to turn down a pay rise of more than $50,000.

New chief executive Sandy Graham's salary, as of October 12 last year is $405,000.

The numbers were included in the council’s annual report, due to be signed off today.

Other disclosures included that five severance payments were made during the year, tallying just over $100,000 and including one for $68,886. The severance pay total in the 2020 financial year was just under $100,000.

Remuneration and staffing costs overall reduced from almost $67.5million in the 2020 financial year to almost $66million for the 2021 year.

The bill for the mayor and councillors added up to just over $1.3million, including $166,500 for Mayor Aaron Hawkins.

Councillors received at least $71,488 each.

Cr David Benson-Pope’s remuneration ($103,103) included hearing fees for the second-generation district plan.

Deputy mayor Christine Garey received $93,790, including consent hearing fees.


Salary bands

Dunedin City Council salaries as at June 30

Less than $60,000

$60,000 to $79,999

$80,000 to $99,999

$100,000 to $119,999

$120,000 to $139,999

$140,000 to $159,999

$160,000 to $179,999

$180,000 to $279,999

$280,000 to $399,999

Source: DCC annual report



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