Joe Bennett on the Chch Town Clerk

Joe Bennett isn’t happy about the carry on of the out of control Christchurch City Council Town Clerk, Tony Marryatt:

The sickness, as always, shows up in the language. Mr Marryatt, for example, is known as a CEO. But he is not a CEO. A CEO runs a competitive business that has to earn money. The council is a monopoly that does not have to earn money. It just demands money from ratepayers. So Mr Marryatt’s job is merely to oversee the spending of a guaranteed income. Spending is easier than earning.

Mr Marryatt’s role used to have the more accurate title of town clerk. I think we should revive it. It is an honourable title but it stresses that the role is clerical. No-one pays a clerk half a million bucks.

The tipline is buzzing with an awful lot of stories about Tony Marryatt and his pal bob Parker…it is taking some time to sift through it all.

If as it appears that Council mistakes have lead to people dying, then someone should be held accountable. Bob and Tony should fess up, take the rap and get out of the way.


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