Paul. If the extra responsibilities do not conflict with the …

Comment on Ryan earning more from govt. jobs than for being Mayor by Interested Observer.

Paul. If the extra responsibilities do not conflict with the required time commitments to the position of mayor and the interests of Alice Springs rate payers then there is no problem.
On the face of it, the additional responsibilities are huge, health in our region is complex and challenging so it seems likely that this new job will eat into commitment to the position of mayor.
The lack of transparency around the salary quantum suggests it is a large figure, as it should be. This is also a problem.
The interests of local ratepayers and the CLP government are not always the same so for a mayor to receive a large wage from the NT government creates a potential conflict of interest situation.
The council is already politically divided and the mayor must stand above political interest and be seen to do so.

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Ryan earning more from govt. jobs than for being Mayor
Managing the Central Australia Health Service board for the Tennant Creek and Alice Springs hospitals and other health care services is a big job and merits a full time position with 100% commitment by the office holder.
I would guess that the salary would reflect that and be in the vicinity of $130K with substantial allowances.
A mayor reporting directly to a government minister who pays him is also of concern.
Clearly the mayor has a decision to make regarding which of his two full time positions he wants to continue with.


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