Melbourne City Council CEO David Pitchford is listed as one of the big rollers pocketing over $350,000 plus benefits paid for by the City ratepayers and money collected by corrupt traffic officers. More then John Howard and Steve Bracks. Is he worth it?
David Pitchford was paid a bonus on top of his salary last year even though the Ombudsman found the City Council under Pitchfords stewardship, with the assistance of ex-City Council legal adviser Allison Lyons, tried to thwart the Ombudsman investigation last year in an attempted cover-up of the crime of ripping off motorists. Maybe this is why he received a bonus.
The Herald Sun reports:
Councils spend big
Peter Rolfe Sunday Herald-Sun March 25, 2007 12:00am
BIG-SPENDING local councils are paying senior staff more than the Prime Minister receives.
Flush with funds as property owners pay record rates and charges, at least three Melbourne councils are rewarding chief executives with pay packages that eclipse John Howard's.
At least 12 are paying chief executives more than Victoria's Premier, Steve Bracks.
Melbourne City Council chief executive David Pitchford leads the list of high earners, pocketing a package worth more than $354,000 a year.
Apart from a cash salary of $241,553, Mr Pitchford is also entitled to a 25 per cent performance bonus plus superannuation, a car and expenses.
Mr Howard's total annual package for running the country is just over $309,000.
Mr Bracks is on $235,000 a year.
Monash Council chief David Conran has an annual package of $315,750, including a salary of $250,000.
Boroondara boss Peter Johnstone earns more than $337,500 to administer the suburbs of Hawthorn, Camberwell, Canterbury and Kew with a 25 per cent bonus on top of his $232,371 base salary plus a car and superannuation.
And Whitehorse chief Noeline Duff earns more than $292,700.
Ratepayers Victoria president Jack Davis said council spending was out of control.
"People will be shocked to find out how much these people are being paid," he said.