A decision on the Christchurch City Council's embattled chief executive will hopefully be made in a days, rather than weeks, Mayor Bob Parker says.
Parker spoke to The Press after a closed-door meeting was held today on the future of chief executive Tony Marryatt.
The extraordinary meeting at 8am today saw the council chief executive sub-committee table the deal discussed by lawyers acting for the council and Marryatt.
Parker said the council was still in an employment process and he could not put a firm date on when an announcement on Marryatt's future would be made.
"We wish to achieve finality as soon as possible," he said. "We are puting maximum efforts into making that happen as soon as possible."
Several councillors, who left via the public door, refused to comment on what was discussed during the hour-long meeting.
Cr Helen Broughton said only it was a very "complex" issue.
Marryatt's remuneration package is currently $538,529 and he has 15 months to run on his contract, which expires at the end of 2014.
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 local authority.
The city council has now lost its consents accreditation, but as a registered Building Consent Authority can still issue building consents.
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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