Drink-driving charges but no resignation

BOARD CHAIRMAN: Michael Williams.
BOARD CHAIRMAN: Michael Williams.

A local board chairman facing drink-driving charges has withdrawn an offer to discuss his resignation with the board.

On Saturday Howick Local Board chairman Michael Williams sent an email to board members requesting the discussion tomorrow night but this morning he sent another withdrawing the offer.

''I am cancelling it as a majority of the board has indicated that such a meeting is unnecessary,'' he says.

''To reiterate, I serve at the pleasure of the board and am accountable to it.

''If at any time a majority of the board wishes me to stand down then I shall.''

Mr Williams says he initially called for the discussion due to comments by board members made in the media, but none has approached him calling for him to resign except Lucy Schwaner ''who may have indirectly inferred it in an email''.

The discussion was to take place as part of a closed-to-the-public workshop on January 31 at 4pm.

The workshops are voluntary but board members are encouraged to attend, especially if it relates to their portfolios.

Mr Williams is facing charges of drink driving and refusing to accompany a police officer from May 2012.

His case is set to be heard in the Manukau District Court on March 1.

Eastern Courier