Stop Press - TCDC Redundancies
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 9:04AM
Bill Barclay

The long awaited and much anticipated upheaval at TCDC commenced yesterday

21 redundancies, including some of the senior management team were announced. 15 new positions have been created for which those made redundant are eligible to apply. There was no prior indication, other than rumour, that this action was about to happen. The shock around Council today is palpable. No doubt all kinds of consultation processes will have been put in place, but I would not expect much change from these figures.

This follows a review by people who are alleged to have been brought in by Mayor Glenn Leach, and is in accordance with the threats issued during the course of the election campaign.

The consequences of this action will be substantial. Although there has clearly been an element of 'dead wood' around the Council for some considerable time - mainly due to the inability of the Chief Executive to exercise adequate staff oversight (his one major management shortcoming in my view), there is huge danger in reaming out an organisation in this manner. The loss of experience and corporate history will have a devastating effect on the operation of council, while the effect on morale will be incalculable. 

Ratepayers will have to accept that the level of support accorded Mayor Leach in the election provides the mandate he believes he has to carry out this action, but he has not demonstrated any particular acumen during the eight months he has been in office other than to cause fear and loathing around the establishment. His long standing reputation as a bully remains intact. Confidence has clearly been lost between himself and Steve Ruru, and Steve's demise appears imminent. The consultant brought in to review the applications for the CEO position is hard at work, and clearly Steve is not in the picture.

I will post any further information as it becomes available. Any one affected is invited to contribute, and any information will be treated with the utmost confidence and discretion.




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