Peers give council CEO Barry Harris top marks

Last updated 09:07 04/12/2013
BARRY HARRIS
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Hamilton City Council chief executive Barry Harris.

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A Hamilton City Council sub-committee has endorsed the performance of the council's chief executive Barry Harris.

The committee charged with the chief executive's mid-year performance review - Mayor Julie Hardaker, her deputy Gordon Chesterman, and the committee chairs Angela O'Leary and Rob Pascoe - gave him top marks.

The assessment of his work in the six months to October, which has no salary implications, was signed off after input from all elected members.

Ms Hardaker told councillors of the review outcome at the first meeting of the council for the new electoral term: "It is the view of the review panel that the CE has done an outstanding job in a difficult political and operating environment," she said.

"The purpose of this review is to judge how Mr Harris is performing against contractual expectations and he has certainly achieved across a wide range of areas," said Ms Hardaker.

The review result is at odds with the public's apparent perception of Mr Harris' performance shown in a recent survey of Waikato Times readers.

But Ms Hardaker said among his achievements, Mr Harris completed restructuring of the council, delivered targeted financial savings, introduced robust, accurate financial reporting and risk management, and achieved the sale of the shares in Hamilton Riverview Hotels for $12 million.

Mr Harris' next review for his performance includes salary, and is due in May.

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