Council CEO Performance Review Results

17 August 2010

Wellington City Council's Performance Review Committee has completed its annual review of the performance of Council Chief Executive Garry Poole.

Mr Poole is in his 12th year with the Council and Mayor Kerry Prendergast says he has had another excellent year. 

"In a tough environment, with some difficult financial challenges facing us, Mr Poole has continued to provide strong leadership - not just within our organisation but within the region and the local government sector in general.

"He chairs the Metro Sector CEOs' group and is seen as one of the best local government CEOs in the country. We are very lucky to have him."

Last year, Mr Poole's remuneration remained at its 2008 level at his request. Both he and the Council's Management Board opted not to receive any salary increase last year in light of the recession.  But this year, the Performance Review Committee has opted to increase Mr Poole's salary from $387,256 to $406,231 - a 4.9 percent increase.

Ms Prendergast says this is because Mr Poole has not only met all his performance measures, but exceeded expectations on many of them.

"He has continued to build important relationships with key external contacts and stakeholders; and to champion significant projects within the organisation such as health and safety, the Indoor Community Sports Centre and preparing for the Rugby World Cup next year - all at the same time as ensuring Council services remain high quality and financially sustainable.

"Under his leadership, we were able to hold this year's rates increase to an average of 3.24 percent - the lowest overall increase for seven years - and are continuing to ensure that Wellington remains an internationally competitive great place to live, but also affordable."