No rise for boss Field

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Queenstown Lakes District Council has vetoed a pay rise for chief executive Duncan Field.

The news came from mayor Clive Geddes yesterday after his council met behind closed doors on Tuesday.

Field’s annual remuneration package stays at $277,785, Geddes says.

As well as a base salary, there’s a car allowance, superannuation and “an at-risk element” – in effect, a performance bonus.

“The council was fully aware of the market conditions that apply and the general nature of the economy,” Geddes says.

Because of switching Field’s pay year to line up with the July-June council year, this week’s review encompasses 07-08 and 08-09. Field’s “key performance indicators” will now be set for the new council year starting this week.

Geddes says the flat-line pay review doesn’t reflect criticism of Field, pointing out his bonus was approved for both years.

This week’s decision by QLDC also took account of a consulting firm’s nationwide survey of executive salaries – which are “a lot more pragmatic than they perhaps have been in the past”, Geddes adds.

The mayor won’t reveal Field’s bonus because he’s uncertain whether the council boss’s contract permits him to.