DCC Media Release – CEO salary and performance


Dunedin City Council
Media Release

Dunedin City Council Chief Executive’s Performance Rewarded

The Dunedin City Council’s Performance Appraisal Committee has assessed that Chief Executive Jim Harland has, over the past two years, exceeded the Council’s expectations under the terms of his contract.

Specifically, the Committee considered the Chief Executive had been particularly diligent in progressing plans for the new Forsyth Barr Stadium to a position which allowed the Council to make a fully informed decision when considering its commitment to the project and, since the Council’s decision to proceed, that he has continued to play an important role in ensuring the Stadium project will come in on time, on budget and fit for purpose.

It was noted that Mr Harland has also led the staff in identifying ways to reduce rate increases subsequently included in the Long Term Community and Annual Plans while maintaining high levels of staff satisfaction with the DCC as an employer.

The Chief Executive’s salary has been held at $335,000 since March 2008 and the Chief Executive had volunteered, along with members of his Corporate Management Team, to forgo the annual review of salaries in the 2008/09 financial year.

The Council has subsequently agreed that the Chief Executive’s salary for year commencing 8 March 2010 is $352,000.

Contact Mayor Peter Chin on 474 3855.

Last reviewed: 18 Jun 2010 2:10pm

Post by Elizabeth Kerr


Filed under Economics, People, Politics, Stadiums

10 responses to “DCC Media Release – CEO salary and performance

  1. David

    I thought with the council –
    – parking fiasco
    – blowout of millions of dollars of ratepayer money to the stadium
    – failure to find the promised alternative funding sources for the stadium
    – failure to get the community on side
    – failure to keep rates increases at the rate of inflation
    – bed and breakfast rates fiasco resulting in business closures
    – harbourside plan fiasco
    – John Wilson Drive fiasco
    – St Clair sea wall and stair debacle
    etc etc

    They would be having a second thoughts about Mr Harland’s employment, rather than giving him a large gift of $10,000 of ratepayers’ hard-earned cash.

    But I suppose it’s a bit of a struggle trying to survive and pay for power and groceries and parking on $28,000 per month.

  2. Elizabeth


    ### ODT Online Sat, 19 Jun 2010
    Chin admits mistake over Harland salary
    By David Loughrey
    Dunedin Mayor Peter Chin has admitted he made a mistake when he announced council chief executive Jim Harland’s pay rise last week. Mr Harland’s salary had not risen to $346,725, but to $352,000, a rise of $17,000, Mr Chin said yesterday.
    Read more

    • Elizabeth

      ### ODT Online Tue, 6 Jul 2010
      Councillor forced to apologise for leak
      By Chris Morris
      A Dunedin city councillor has been forced to apologise to colleagues after news Dunedin City Council chief executive Jim Harland had received a pay rise was leaked to the media. Mayor Peter Chin yesterday confirmed the councillor had apologised during a non-public discussion on standing orders at yesterday’s Dunedin City Council meeting.
      Read more

  3. Anonymous

    This explains a lot. When Sir Peter read the stadium contract, he probably noted down “$18.8 million” and thought it was a great idea.

    Oh sorry, not Sir Peter yet. Takes three terms to get a gong.

  4. Russell Garbutt

    Such confusing things, so many numbers, so little time awake to comprehend them…..remember the long-term lease he signed for $1?

    We really do need someone else running the ship – maybe there is a job going down at the Gardens at the bottom of Rattray Street…..

  5. Elizabeth


    @HarvardBiz You’re Getting a Bonus! So Why Aren’t You Motivated? http://s.hbr.org/cXTdTz

  6. Peter

    Thanks Councillor for the leak. You don’t have to apologise to your public – though it was probably easier to pay lip service to the Mayor and Jim Harland by saying ‘sorry’. It’s interesting how this councillor was spared the bullying, public trial that Cr Stevenson had to undergo a while back for her leak concerning social housing. Maybe Mr Harland didn’t want to draw further attention to his pay rise and endure further public revulsion that would have ensued with another public trial for this ‘errant’ councillor.
    It wasn’t you, was it Richard?!

  7. Phil

    Hopefully it was the same councillor who saw the sense in informing us about the obscene consultant and Project Management costs for the Wall Street project a couple of years back.

  8. Peter

    God Bless the leakers, I say. Just thought it would be a good idea for the leaker of Jim’s salary increase to let it ‘leak’ that it was him/her who did it. An assured way to get some votes for him/herself in the election. It’d sway me big time.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s