Sherril George to face the music

Code of conduct complaint to be heard

Last updated 12:49 29/01/2013
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ROBERT CHARLES
Councillor Sherril George

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Controversial councillor Sherril George will be called to account at a council committee meeting on Thursday.

Mayor Harry Duynhoven has added a code of conduct complaint against Ms George to the agenda for the New Plymouth District Council's monitoring committee.

Mr Duynhoven believes Ms George breached the code in a letter to the editor published in the Taranaki Daily News last week in which she said a "short person with a big ego," was the common thread in the resignation of three high-profile managers at the council.

Ms George did not name anyone in the letter but the following day NPDC chief executive Barbara Mckerrow said the letter was a clear attack on General Manager Customer services Cathy Thurston.

During Thursday's Monitoring Committee meeting members will decide whether Ms George breached the council code of contact or not and recommend action for the full council to approve.

If she is found to have breached the code the only punishment available is to reduce her workload.

In 2011 Ms George was stripped of four council positions as punishment for her attempt to organise a boycott against a Cambodian-owned business, Town and Country Foods, in Waitara.

If she is found not to have breached the code by the Monitoring Committee the complaint will still be tabled at a full council meeting. 

The monitoring committee meeting is on Thursday at 12.30pm

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