Petition to save general manager as mayor calls another extraordinary meeting

Residents have started a petition expressing support for long-serving general manger David Backhouse as Mayor Sang Ok called another extraordinary meeting - his sixth in as many weeks.

While the General Manager's future is not on the agenda, the Mayor often puts in last minute mayoral minutes.

At last night's extraordinary meeting, Cr Ok tabled a mayoral minute seeking legal advice about the General Manager's employment.

Cr Ok wished to appoint Mr Brian Williamson of Williamson Legal as an independent legal adviser to the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Council in relation to the employment of Mr Backhouse.

After a lengthy debate and jeers from the gallery, Cr Ok withdrew the mayoral minute.

Last week, Cr Ok sent the General Manager a list of 31 qestions about his part in two investigations of council procurement, demanding answers by Monday of this week.

While he has received a reply, it is not known if this has satisfied him.  Calls from the Scene went unanswered.

There are, however, two motions of no confidence in the mayor on the agenda for Wednesday's meeting.  Thanks to the expected support of deputy mayor Andres Soulos, they are unlikely to get up.

Local resident Marlene Doran told the Scene she had started a petition in defence of the General Manager on Saturday after reading the Scene story, and had already received oveer 40 signatories.

She asked us to point out that those wishing to expess their support should go to  Homebush Community Bank Rochester Street Homebush to fill out a questionnaire.

Despite a council submission and claims five other authorities or consultants have endorsed the way Strathfield has dealt with the issue, the Local Government Minister’s office told the Strathfield Scene the case has not been closed.

“The Minister is considering Strathfield Council’s submission in response to the final 430 investigation report,” a spokesperson told the Scene.

“If the Minister is not satisfied with the Council's response to the recommendations, further action may be required by the Council. The Minister has the authority to order the Council to implement the recommendations, and matters arising from the recommendations, as specified in the order.”

The issue was raised during 12 hours of bruising debate at a series of extraordinary meetings over the past two weeks, during which Mayor Sang Ok was accused of creating procedural changes to demonstrate Srathfield Council is dysfunctional so administrators could be called in.R

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