Special meeting to discuss Marryatt exit deal
Final touches are being put to a settlement package that could see controversial Christchurch City Council chief executive Tony Marryatt's resignation confirmed as early as tomorrow.
Mayor Bob Parker has called an extraordinary council meeting for 8am tomorrow, when its chief executive sub-committee will table the deal agreed by lawyers acting for the council and Marryatt.
The meeting will be held behind closed doors but is expected to get the council's sign-off, which will effectively end Marryatt's six-year tenure at the council. An announcement is expected afterwards.
Lawyers on both sides have been working on the settlement package for the past few weeks.
The amount Marryatt will be paid out is expected to remain confidential, along with most other parts of the settlement.
A confidentiality clause may also be included, preventing the council and Marryatt from speaking further.
Marryatt's remuneration package is $538,529 and he has 15 months to run on his contract, which expires at the end of next year.
If he was paid out for the rest of his contract, he would be eligible for about $673,000.
Marryatt has been on paid leave for two months while a probe examines what role he played in the consenting crisis at the council, costing it the power to issue consents.
A Crown manager, Doug Martin, was sent in by the Government to work on an action plan that would see the council get back its consents accreditation.
Another heavy-hitter, former Local Government New Zealand head Peter Winder, led an independent investigation into the council consent crisis.
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