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.
- The Southland Times