Council candidates push for Marryatt decision
Local Elections 2013
Two city council candidates have joined forces to demand a quick fix to the stalled settlement talks involving controversial council chief executive Tony Marryatt.
"Get a move on,'' Shirley-Papanui rival candidates Ali Jones and Pauline Cotter said.
They issued a joint statement today calling for the council to not leave the Marryatt negotiations up to the new council.
"It's been a week now since it was reported that the negotiated deal between council and Marryatt was expected to be signed off, but still we've heard nothing," Jones said.
The council met behind closed doors last Friday and had been expected to reveal details of a settlement, but no word has yet come.
Cotter said enough was enough.
"Mr Marryatt has been on paid leave for two months now and the delay around getting this sorted is inexplicable," she said.
Jones and Cotter said the ''mess'' with Marryatt must be resolved by the current council.
"The majority of them voted to re-employ Mr Marryatt despite concerns over his performance; the majority of them supported a pay rise for Mr Marryatt despite concerns over his performance; now they must put their big boy and big girl underpants on and deal with the issue so we as a city can move forward," they said.
The women are running in the ward currently represented by Deputy Mayor Ngaire Button and Cr Aaron Keown, who they describe as "two of Tony Marryatt's close supporters".
"We are not running together, in fact one might say we are competitors; however, this is such a serious issue we decided we must speak out," they said.
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