City Bureaucrats paid bonus for fixing their own mistakes

The Herald Sun is reporting that the City of Melbourne has paid over $170,000 bonus payments to the top five – this payment is on top of the lurks and perks that the City Council bureaucrats claim on a regular basis. Free car parking, petrol, use of executive cars, free booze and overseas trips. These are the same bureaucrats that caused the blow out in council expenditure and now they are been paid a bonus for fixing their mistakes. The truth is that the Council pays out this “optional” bonus payment without any real assessment of valuation of merit. The bonus was paid to Council staff who oversaw the corrupt management practices and budget blow outs. Even if they get it wrong they still get the full bonus payments. It is designer job in the city Council.

We also understand that the City Council employed former City Councillor, Kate Redwood at the recommendation and request of Catherine NG. Questions are being asked as to the legality of the employment contract and the possibility that Ms Redwood may have to repay the City Council the money she has been paid in compensation. Under the terms of the Local Government Act a City Council is not allowed to employ directly or indirectly a former city Councillor within two years of them ceasing to be a councillor. We understand that the Ombudsman and Auditor General Department has been asked to investigate the employment contract and to review the Council’s appointment of Ms Redwood. If it turns out that the council has in fact acted illegally then those responsible should be held accountable, Catherine NG may have compromised the City Council in what is seen as a possible sweet heart illegal contract.

Council razor gang reaps reward
Ian Royall January 23, 2008 12:00am

FIVE Melbourne City Council bureaucrats who oversaw job losses and budget cuts last year have shared annual bonuses of more than $170,000.

The Herald Sun can reveal five department directors pocketed an average $34,000 each on top of their annual salary package of up to $272,000.

It angered unions and prompted calls for Lord Mayor John So to act.

It comes after dozens of executives at Town Hall received a 4.3 per cent pay rise three months ago.

Former chief executive David Pitchford won a $46,800 golden handshake when he left last month for a job in Dubai.

Documents seen by the Herald Sun under Freedom of Information laws show the directors received $170,757 in so-called “at-risk performance component”.

Each director can get up to 20 per cent of their salary in an annual bonus.

How much each one received was kept secret.

The five to accept the bonuses were sustainability and regulatory services director Geoff Lawler, design head Rob Adams, finance director Scott Chapman, corporate services boss Martin Cutter and community and culture director Linda Weatherson.

Mr Lawler is also acting chief executive until Mr Pitchford is replaced.

Cr So said the chief executive had responsibility for the payments.

“The chief executive determines annual director performance bonuses in strict accordance with their employment contracts,” he said.

But Cr Peter Clarke has accused Cr So of “simply letting the managers please themselves”.

“I could well understand why people are unhappy at being sacked at the same time as people are getting paid extra for doing the sacking,” Cr Clarke said.

Mr Lawler said directors’ bonuses were considered “at risk”.

“They are not guaranteed, and are carefully weighted against performance on an annual basis by the chief executive,” he said.

Mr Pitchford approved the bonuses in November just weeks before he left.

Last year, more than 100 staff left the council and budgets were slashed.

Australian Services Union state branch secretary Brian Parkinson said: “Staff morale in the organisation is not good and this highlights how the upper echelons are just looking after themselves.”

Mr Parkinson said the $170,000, equal to the salary of three or four workers, could have been used on services such as child care that had been cut in the past 12 months.

Former lord mayor Kevin Chamberlin said the rewards were ludicrous.

“Hard-working staff have had their lives destroyed, yet the directors get these pay bonuses,” Mr Chamberlin said.

“The standard of governance is at an all-time low.

“How can the directors get this money when the municipality essentially went backwards?”

City Bureaucrats paid bonus for fixing their own mistakes

The Herald Sun is reporting that the City of Melbourne has paid over $170,000 bonus payments to the top five – this payment is on top of the lurks and perks that the City Council bureaucrats claim on a regular basis. Free car parking, petrol, use of executive cars, free booze and overseas trips. These are the same bureaucrats that caused the blow out in council expenditure and now they are been paid a bonus for fixing their mistakes. The truth is that the Council pays out this “optional” bonus payment without any real assessment of valuation of merit. The bonus was paid to Council staff who oversaw the corrupt management practices and budget blow outs. Even if they get it wrong they still get the full bonus payments. It is designer job in the city Council.

We also understand that the City Council employed former City Councillor, Kate Redwood at the recommendation and request of Catherine NG. Questions are being asked as to the legality of the employment contract and the possibility that Ms Redwood may have to repay the City Council the money she has been paid in compensation. Under the terms of the Local Government Act a City Council is not allowed to employ directly or indirectly a former city Councillor within two years of them ceasing to be a councillor. We understand that the Ombudsman and Auditor General Department has been asked to investigate the employment contract and to review the Council’s appointment of Ms Redwood. If it turns out that the council has in fact acted illegally then those responsible should be held accountable, Catherine NG may have compromised the City Council in what is seen as a possible sweet heart illegal contract.

Council razor gang reaps reward
Ian Royall January 23, 2008 12:00am

FIVE Melbourne City Council bureaucrats who oversaw job losses and budget cuts last year have shared annual bonuses of more than $170,000.

The Herald Sun can reveal five department directors pocketed an average $34,000 each on top of their annual salary package of up to $272,000.

It angered unions and prompted calls for Lord Mayor John So to act.

It comes after dozens of executives at Town Hall received a 4.3 per cent pay rise three months ago.

Former chief executive David Pitchford won a $46,800 golden handshake when he left last month for a job in Dubai.

Documents seen by the Herald Sun under Freedom of Information laws show the directors received $170,757 in so-called “at-risk performance component”.

Each director can get up to 20 per cent of their salary in an annual bonus.

How much each one received was kept secret.

The five to accept the bonuses were sustainability and regulatory services director Geoff Lawler, design head Rob Adams, finance director Scott Chapman, corporate services boss Martin Cutter and community and culture director Linda Weatherson.

Mr Lawler is also acting chief executive until Mr Pitchford is replaced.

Cr So said the chief executive had responsibility for the payments.

“The chief executive determines annual director performance bonuses in strict accordance with their employment contracts,” he said.

But Cr Peter Clarke has accused Cr So of “simply letting the managers please themselves”.

“I could well understand why people are unhappy at being sacked at the same time as people are getting paid extra for doing the sacking,” Cr Clarke said.

Mr Lawler said directors’ bonuses were considered “at risk”.

“They are not guaranteed, and are carefully weighted against performance on an annual basis by the chief executive,” he said.

Mr Pitchford approved the bonuses in November just weeks before he left.

Last year, more than 100 staff left the council and budgets were slashed.

Australian Services Union state branch secretary Brian Parkinson said: “Staff morale in the organisation is not good and this highlights how the upper echelons are just looking after themselves.”

Mr Parkinson said the $170,000, equal to the salary of three or four workers, could have been used on services such as child care that had been cut in the past 12 months.

Former lord mayor Kevin Chamberlin said the rewards were ludicrous.

“Hard-working staff have had their lives destroyed, yet the directors get these pay bonuses,” Mr Chamberlin said.

“The standard of governance is at an all-time low.

“How can the directors get this money when the municipality essentially went backwards?”

City Bureaucrats paid bonus for fixing their own mistakes

The Herald Sun is reporting that the City of Melbourne has paid over $170,000 bonus payments to the top five – this payment is on top of the lurks and perks that the City Council bureaucrats claim on a regular basis. Free car parking, petrol, use of executive cars, free booze and overseas trips. These are the same bureaucrats that caused the blow out in council expenditure and now they are been paid a bonus for fixing their mistakes. The truth is that the Council pays out this “optional” bonus payment without any real assessment of valuation of merit. The bonus was paid to Council staff who oversaw the corrupt management practices and budget blow outs. Even if they get it wrong they still get the full bonus payments. It is designer job in the city Council.

We also understand that the City Council employed former City Councillor, Kate Redwood at the recommendation and request of Catherine NG. Questions are being asked as to the legality of the employment contract and the possibility that Ms Redwood may have to repay the City Council the money she has been paid in compensation. Under the terms of the Local Government Act a City Council is not allowed to employ directly or indirectly a former city Councillor within two years of them ceasing to be a councillor. We understand that the Ombudsman and Auditor General Department has been asked to investigate the employment contract and to review the Council’s appointment of Ms Redwood. If it turns out that the council has in fact acted illegally then those responsible should be held accountable, Catherine NG may have compromised the City Council in what is seen as a possible sweet heart illegal contract.

Council razor gang reaps reward
Ian Royall January 23, 2008 12:00am

FIVE Melbourne City Council bureaucrats who oversaw job losses and budget cuts last year have shared annual bonuses of more than $170,000.

The Herald Sun can reveal five department directors pocketed an average $34,000 each on top of their annual salary package of up to $272,000.

It angered unions and prompted calls for Lord Mayor John So to act.

It comes after dozens of executives at Town Hall received a 4.3 per cent pay rise three months ago.

Former chief executive David Pitchford won a $46,800 golden handshake when he left last month for a job in Dubai.

Documents seen by the Herald Sun under Freedom of Information laws show the directors received $170,757 in so-called “at-risk performance component”.

Each director can get up to 20 per cent of their salary in an annual bonus.

How much each one received was kept secret.

The five to accept the bonuses were sustainability and regulatory services director Geoff Lawler, design head Rob Adams, finance director Scott Chapman, corporate services boss Martin Cutter and community and culture director Linda Weatherson.

Mr Lawler is also acting chief executive until Mr Pitchford is replaced.

Cr So said the chief executive had responsibility for the payments.

“The chief executive determines annual director performance bonuses in strict accordance with their employment contracts,” he said.

But Cr Peter Clarke has accused Cr So of “simply letting the managers please themselves”.

“I could well understand why people are unhappy at being sacked at the same time as people are getting paid extra for doing the sacking,” Cr Clarke said.

Mr Lawler said directors’ bonuses were considered “at risk”.

“They are not guaranteed, and are carefully weighted against performance on an annual basis by the chief executive,” he said.

Mr Pitchford approved the bonuses in November just weeks before he left.

Last year, more than 100 staff left the council and budgets were slashed.

Australian Services Union state branch secretary Brian Parkinson said: “Staff morale in the organisation is not good and this highlights how the upper echelons are just looking after themselves.”

Mr Parkinson said the $170,000, equal to the salary of three or four workers, could have been used on services such as child care that had been cut in the past 12 months.

Former lord mayor Kevin Chamberlin said the rewards were ludicrous.

“Hard-working staff have had their lives destroyed, yet the directors get these pay bonuses,” Mr Chamberlin said.

“The standard of governance is at an all-time low.

“How can the directors get this money when the municipality essentially went backwards?”

let the Hunt begin Friday’s closing date for head design me a job City

Last Friday was the closing date for applications of Melbourne CEO Designer me a job City.

It is understood the a few “want to be” In-house applicants have put their name in the hat hoping that their name will be the one chosen to feather the bed of their colleagues.

Current acting CEO Geoff Lawler would have to be one of the most unsuccessful choices to make, his approach to adopting Melbourne’s Strategic Plan, a con game of pin the tail on the strategy, would have to be remembered as one of the most stupid ill-considered and poorly executed exercises in strategic planning ever on record.

Lawless’s idea of Strategic goal setting was to ask selected participants to place up to five issues they considered important on a white board and from the placement and content pin together a Strategic plan that misrepresented the true facts and concerns raised, but he got away with it. Lawless may have a chance as he has been the compliant force behind Melbourne’s ill-fated push for a car-less city. Something small retail business in Melbourne dread. Large Retails stores have already deserted the city center in favour of the car frinedly suburban shopping centers. Lawless stagegy at work.

Another in-house applicant is Scott Chapman. Scott is the most travelled of the City Directors he was the one that come up with the idea of a world shopping Spree tour for Council staff to check out the competition. Whilst Scott comes with numerous appraisals the question is can he stand alone and say no to the “design me a better job” senior staff who are hungry for a better life style paid for by the ratepayers of Melbourne.

It is understood that Linda “It’s not accounted until it is acquitted ” Weatherston is looking for a new job. She has the unfortunate position in that she is the only non male gender in the senior management design team. But she is no Elizabeth Proust and rumour has it she is looking for a job in with one of the international NGO aid agencies. Best of luck, Melbourne will be the better for the change of career.

Rob Adams is another name that has been mooted around but again Rob’s credibility took a major blow back in the 1990’s when Bamboo Rob compromised his integrity and bowed down under pressure and supported the disastrous ill-considered relocation of Melbourne’s Museum from the City Centre to the outskirts. Like Denton Cork and Marshal Robs tenure needs serious review. It is time Melbourne adopted a new design guru and someone that has not been compromised to the extent Rob has. The other factor that rules Rob out is that he really does not have the commercial business skills required for the top job so he not a real contender.

The City Council is best once again looking outside of the City, finding someone that is not tainted by the in-house “design me a job crowd” someone that can provide professional guidance and management of a major capital city.

Melbourne has not had much luck in appointing the best of the best since Elizabeth Proust and Andy Friend vacated the job. The rot set in under former Geelong CEO Michael Malouf. The Council lost all integrity and professionalism, staff numbers went thorough the roof as the council embarked on empire building and the sought of corruption and lack of professionalism that creeps in when staff begin to lose perspective and professional standards decline. Without any doubt Malouf’s reign of terror was the seed of destruction and decline of Melbourne golden age of administrators. It has been all down hill since then.

Will John So get it right the second time around.

John is once again looking to find a replacement CEO for the City. Dissapointed Applicants for the top job can always rely on the fact that the process of head hunting will inevitably involve a breach of confidentiality as information on the selection process and applicants is widely discussed around the corridors and coffee spots where staff so often spend most of their time chatting was opposed to doing their job. Any disappointed applicant can rest assured that they can take legal action against the City Council who will inevitably settle out of court for an undisclosed sum of money as opposed to face a possible court ruling against the City Council and the need to payout even more in compensation. (Roumours have ot that a concerened applcant recioved a hefty sum of monye in compendation for the Council’s head hunting skills or lack there of)

The problem with the Council’s selection process is that staff are required to provide secretarial support for the selection committee and inevitable those staff will report back to their boss the outcomes of deliberations. After all it is in the interest of the secretarial staff to keep their boss happy and accustomed to the designer job life style they are use to.

A more professional approach would be to contract out the secretarial support to the head hunting agency thus placing all responsibility for confidentiality out of reach of the City administration.

Christmas is renowned for the time when administration make the worst of the worst decisions.

A time when the community’s attention span is at its lowest. Having made a decision the administration will inevitably either try and forget it or will dutifully implement the resolution on their return in the new year when hopefully Melbourne will make the right choice and fid someone worthy of the $300.000 plus bonuses salary.

Happy Christmas

let the Hunt begin Friday’s closing date for head design me a job City

Last Friday was the closing date for applications of Melbourne CEO Designer me a job City.

It is understood the a few “want to be” In-house applicants have put their name in the hat hoping that their name will be the one chosen to feather the bed of their colleagues.

Current acting CEO Geoff Lawler would have to be one of the most unsuccessful choices to make, his approach to adopting Melbourne’s Strategic Plan, a con game of pin the tail on the strategy, would have to be remembered as one of the most stupid ill-considered and poorly executed exercises in strategic planning ever on record.

Lawless’s idea of Strategic goal setting was to ask selected participants to place up to five issues they considered important on a white board and from the placement and content pin together a Strategic plan that misrepresented the true facts and concerns raised, but he got away with it. Lawless may have a chance as he has been the compliant force behind Melbourne’s ill-fated push for a car-less city. Something small retail business in Melbourne dread. Large Retails stores have already deserted the city center in favour of the car frinedly suburban shopping centers. Lawless stagegy at work.

Another in-house applicant is Scott Chapman. Scott is the most travelled of the City Directors he was the one that come up with the idea of a world shopping Spree tour for Council staff to check out the competition. Whilst Scott comes with numerous appraisals the question is can he stand alone and say no to the “design me a better job” senior staff who are hungry for a better life style paid for by the ratepayers of Melbourne.

It is understood that Linda “It’s not accounted until it is acquitted ” Weatherston is looking for a new job. She has the unfortunate position in that she is the only non male gender in the senior management design team. But she is no Elizabeth Proust and rumour has it she is looking for a job in with one of the international NGO aid agencies. Best of luck, Melbourne will be the better for the change of career.

Rob Adams is another name that has been mooted around but again Rob’s credibility took a major blow back in the 1990’s when Bamboo Rob compromised his integrity and bowed down under pressure and supported the disastrous ill-considered relocation of Melbourne’s Museum from the City Centre to the outskirts. Like Denton Cork and Marshal Robs tenure needs serious review. It is time Melbourne adopted a new design guru and someone that has not been compromised to the extent Rob has. The other factor that rules Rob out is that he really does not have the commercial business skills required for the top job so he not a real contender.

The City Council is best once again looking outside of the City, finding someone that is not tainted by the in-house “design me a job crowd” someone that can provide professional guidance and management of a major capital city.

Melbourne has not had much luck in appointing the best of the best since Elizabeth Proust and Andy Friend vacated the job. The rot set in under former Geelong CEO Michael Malouf. The Council lost all integrity and professionalism, staff numbers went thorough the roof as the council embarked on empire building and the sought of corruption and lack of professionalism that creeps in when staff begin to lose perspective and professional standards decline. Without any doubt Malouf’s reign of terror was the seed of destruction and decline of Melbourne golden age of administrators. It has been all down hill since then.

Will John So get it right the second time around.

John is once again looking to find a replacement CEO for the City. Dissapointed Applicants for the top job can always rely on the fact that the process of head hunting will inevitably involve a breach of confidentiality as information on the selection process and applicants is widely discussed around the corridors and coffee spots where staff so often spend most of their time chatting was opposed to doing their job. Any disappointed applicant can rest assured that they can take legal action against the City Council who will inevitably settle out of court for an undisclosed sum of money as opposed to face a possible court ruling against the City Council and the need to payout even more in compensation. (Roumours have ot that a concerened applcant recioved a hefty sum of monye in compendation for the Council’s head hunting skills or lack there of)

The problem with the Council’s selection process is that staff are required to provide secretarial support for the selection committee and inevitable those staff will report back to their boss the outcomes of deliberations. After all it is in the interest of the secretarial staff to keep their boss happy and accustomed to the designer job life style they are use to.

A more professional approach would be to contract out the secretarial support to the head hunting agency thus placing all responsibility for confidentiality out of reach of the City administration.

Christmas is renowned for the time when administration make the worst of the worst decisions.

A time when the community’s attention span is at its lowest. Having made a decision the administration will inevitably either try and forget it or will dutifully implement the resolution on their return in the new year when hopefully Melbourne will make the right choice and fid someone worthy of the $300.000 plus bonuses salary.

Happy Christmas

let the Hunt begin Friday’s closing date for head design me a job City

Last Friday was the closing date for applications of Melbourne CEO Designer me a job City.

It is understood the a few “want to be” In-house applicants have put their name in the hat hoping that their name will be the one chosen to feather the bed of their colleagues.

Current acting CEO Geoff Lawler would have to be one of the most unsuccessful choices to make, his approach to adopting Melbourne’s Strategic Plan, a con game of pin the tail on the strategy, would have to be remembered as one of the most stupid ill-considered and poorly executed exercises in strategic planning ever on record.

Lawless’s idea of Strategic goal setting was to ask selected participants to place up to five issues they considered important on a white board and from the placement and content pin together a Strategic plan that misrepresented the true facts and concerns raised, but he got away with it. Lawless may have a chance as he has been the compliant force behind Melbourne’s ill-fated push for a car-less city. Something small retail business in Melbourne dread. Large Retails stores have already deserted the city center in favour of the car frinedly suburban shopping centers. Lawless stagegy at work.

Another in-house applicant is Scott Chapman. Scott is the most travelled of the City Directors he was the one that come up with the idea of a world shopping Spree tour for Council staff to check out the competition. Whilst Scott comes with numerous appraisals the question is can he stand alone and say no to the “design me a better job” senior staff who are hungry for a better life style paid for by the ratepayers of Melbourne.

It is understood that Linda “It’s not accounted until it is acquitted ” Weatherston is looking for a new job. She has the unfortunate position in that she is the only non male gender in the senior management design team. But she is no Elizabeth Proust and rumour has it she is looking for a job in with one of the international NGO aid agencies. Best of luck, Melbourne will be the better for the change of career.

Rob Adams is another name that has been mooted around but again Rob’s credibility took a major blow back in the 1990’s when Bamboo Rob compromised his integrity and bowed down under pressure and supported the disastrous ill-considered relocation of Melbourne’s Museum from the City Centre to the outskirts. Like Denton Cork and Marshal Robs tenure needs serious review. It is time Melbourne adopted a new design guru and someone that has not been compromised to the extent Rob has. The other factor that rules Rob out is that he really does not have the commercial business skills required for the top job so he not a real contender.

The City Council is best once again looking outside of the City, finding someone that is not tainted by the in-house “design me a job crowd” someone that can provide professional guidance and management of a major capital city.

Melbourne has not had much luck in appointing the best of the best since Elizabeth Proust and Andy Friend vacated the job. The rot set in under former Geelong CEO Michael Malouf. The Council lost all integrity and professionalism, staff numbers went thorough the roof as the council embarked on empire building and the sought of corruption and lack of professionalism that creeps in when staff begin to lose perspective and professional standards decline. Without any doubt Malouf’s reign of terror was the seed of destruction and decline of Melbourne golden age of administrators. It has been all down hill since then.

Will John So get it right the second time around.

John is once again looking to find a replacement CEO for the City. Dissapointed Applicants for the top job can always rely on the fact that the process of head hunting will inevitably involve a breach of confidentiality as information on the selection process and applicants is widely discussed around the corridors and coffee spots where staff so often spend most of their time chatting was opposed to doing their job. Any disappointed applicant can rest assured that they can take legal action against the City Council who will inevitably settle out of court for an undisclosed sum of money as opposed to face a possible court ruling against the City Council and the need to payout even more in compensation. (Roumours have ot that a concerened applcant recioved a hefty sum of monye in compendation for the Council’s head hunting skills or lack there of)

The problem with the Council’s selection process is that staff are required to provide secretarial support for the selection committee and inevitable those staff will report back to their boss the outcomes of deliberations. After all it is in the interest of the secretarial staff to keep their boss happy and accustomed to the designer job life style they are use to.

A more professional approach would be to contract out the secretarial support to the head hunting agency thus placing all responsibility for confidentiality out of reach of the City administration.

Christmas is renowned for the time when administration make the worst of the worst decisions.

A time when the community’s attention span is at its lowest. Having made a decision the administration will inevitably either try and forget it or will dutifully implement the resolution on their return in the new year when hopefully Melbourne will make the right choice and fid someone worthy of the $300.000 plus bonuses salary.

Happy Christmas