George' s letter to editor sparks conduct complaint

BLANTON SMITH
Last updated 05:00 30/01/2013

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

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 council chief executive Barbara McKerrow said the letter was a clear attack on customer services general manager Cathy Thurston.

During tomorrow's monitoring committee meeting, members will decide whether Ms George breached the council code of conduct 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 committee meeting will be held tomorrow at 12.30pm.

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