George loses responsibilities

Councillor punished for breaking council's code of conduct

Last updated 16:55 13/02/2013
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STRIPPED: Waitara councillor Sherril George.

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Rogue New Plymouth District councillor Sherril George has been striped of all local body responsibilities for publicly criticising a council employee.

BREAKING NEWS: The Waitara councillor refused to speak at the meeting to decide her fate and came under withering attack from her colleagues over the damage she had done to the council's reputation.

Her censuring and removal from all responsibilities is punishment for breaking the council's code of conduct in a letter published in the Taranaki Daily News last month.

In the letter she said a "small person with a big ego" was the common denominator in a trio of top level resignations at council last year, including that of Puke Ariki boss Fiona Emberton.

The next day council chief executive Barbara McKerrow said the letter was a clear attack on community services general manager Cathy Thurston and in breach of the councillors' code of conduct, which prevents them from publicly criticising council employees.

This is the second time Ms George has been found in breach of the council's code of conduct.

In April 2011 she was censured and striped of four council responsibilities for organising a boycott of a new Cambodian-owned bakery in Waitara.

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