Fat chance when you read this on Stuff.
Super salaries for super city
The super city’s bosses boast super-sized salaries. Auckland Council’s Len Brown is the country’s highest-paid mayor, with chief executive Stephen Town the highest-paid manager. Brown, elected for a second term late last year, rakes in an annual wage packet of almost $250,000. His salary is outstripped by his top official: Town earns $620,000 a year.
Is he worth his salary? I’m afraid the buck stops with this high paid bozo and it looks like he’s presiding over an increasingly dysfunctional organisation.
No wonder a private sector man like Doug McKay, former Auckland Council CEO, was appalled by the culture in the new Supercity organisation. He was just making headway when, having backed the Mayor to the hilt, he was shat on from a great height by his boss over the sordid ‘pants down Brown’ affair. Who wouldn’t resign in such circumstances.
The council employs almost 6000 staff, with 811 earning more than $100,000 a year. Brown has a staff of 21, which includes a chief of staff, six advisers, a press secretary, two part-time drivers, a correspondence assistant and two diary managers.
Employee expenses work out at $875 for every ratepayer in the area.
Data provided by the Taxpayers' Union, a lobby group, has been turned into an online tool, Ratepayers' Report, to allow residents to compare their local council with 67 territorial authorities across the country. This data was checked by Fairfax Media and supplied to councils for them to review prior to publication.
I think he has a point.