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Thursday
Feb162012

The Knives are out at TCDC

I understand that the new CEO has wasted no time implementing the re-structure at TCDC , and that certain staff have already had their marching orders. Peter Mickelson appears to have been the first to go from the top planning position - that was certainly not un-expected.

The speed with which this has occurred would seem to indicate that Glenn Leach has had more than a passing influence in the overall plan. This was to be expected  -  David Hammond is very much his man, and he would have been a very courageous indeed to deviate from the course set by Glenn.

I welcome any input that people close to action may be able to provide regarding positions and people. Come on - the decisions are made, and it is in the interest of open government that this information is in the public arena.

Morale is at a very low ebb - as is to be expected - I don't expect it to improve anytime soon.

 

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Reader Comments (5)

I have at times, like many, been critical of council operations, but the manner in which the current staff reduction process/proposal is being carried out, is horrific.
I am at a loss to understand how a professional CE being paid a quarter of a million dollars annually (or whatever) can allow such a cruel process to be inflicted upon our council staff. No doubt there are issues that need to be addressed, and staff positions that are surplus, and perhaps need to be 'dis-established' so to speak, but the manner in which this plan has been executed is unconscionable.
What surprises me is the lack of any significant media response. Council documents talk about a proposal, the Waikato Times talks about consultation with staff, there is little to be heard on the radio and nothing in Mondays Hauraki Herald.
If you talk with affected staff they relate some terrible stories. No one, I feel sure, with an ounce of human compassion, would have chosen to do it this way.
The town will come to regret the significant loss of corporate capacity and memory / knowledge. We have been through this slash and burn, then outsource exercise before. How little we seem to have learned, or remembered.
Shame on our Mayor and his elected council representatives. I understand the need for hard decisions and the fact that we are in difficult times, but I do not understand this sort of hard-hearted, callous tossing aside of human resources in these most difficult of times.
There had to be a better way, surely.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRussell

To be fair to the Mayor, Bill, maybe you should ask him about his own experience with the planning department. They are probably the architects of their own misfortune and not some developer driven agenda.

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJMA

Leach signalled well in advance what he intended to do once Mayor--" Give me three years to get down to Thames to put a blanket around the place and choke it" - couldn't been any clearer!
Don't forget Leach's backers were developers {as he was himself] , builders [one of whom offered campaign money on the premise of Leach removing certain staff] ratepayers associations, in particular Whangamata, and the National party-
JMA is correct re a Leach proposal that was turned down in the first instance as it failed the basic threshold test causing Leach much angst- making his feelings well known to all and sundry- but why can the Planning and Policy group right in the middle of putting up the Draft District plan - unless of course you want to open up the Peninsula for developement - goodbye New Chums hello Newmont

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