Letter: Chairman's performance

Last updated 12:26 10/09/2013

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Cr Guyton's suggestion of a performance appraisal for the chairman (September 6) misrepresents the relationship between the chairman and councillors.

OPINION: Performance appraisals are used in an employment relationship between an employee and an employer. As chairman of Environment Southland, I am not employed by councillors. I am elected by them in a democratic process.

My performance as chairman is up for scrutiny by councillors all the time. If a majority of councillors decided that I was not carrying out my duties in a satisfactory way, they could follow a legal process to elect a new chairman.

As a councillor, I am elected by my constituents. I have represented them for the past 12 years. If my performance as their representative had not been up to scratch, I'm sure I would not have just been re-elected unopposed in the Eastern Dome constituency.

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