January 24, 2013
Environment Southland chair Ali Timms has survived a vote of confidence which was called after she made a prank call to Invercargill mayor Tim Shadbolt on a radio show.
The vote was 7-5, which included her own vote.
That means the council is split 6-5 on her suitability as chair which means the council is only just confident.
December 13, 2012
In a week when the news is full of the fallout from Australian DJs hoax call to a hospital you’d think everyone would think twice before pretending to be someone they weren’t.
Not Environment Southland chair Ali Timms.
Environment Southland chairman Ali Timms is on leave following an “unacceptable lapse of judgement”. . .
. . . acting chairman Nicol Horrell has issued the following statement: “Councillors have unanimously expressed our extreme disapproval of the unacceptable lapse of judgement shown by Chairman Ali Timms in taking part in the Invercargill City Council’s televised talkback programme under an assumed name last week.
“Councillors have accepted Cr Timms’ application for six weeks leave of absence, effective immediately. We expect to hold an Extraordinary meeting of Council to consider the Council’s Chairmanship in late January.”
This might speak volumes about the relationship between the regional and city councils but it doesn’t reflect well on Timms either.
We all have lapses of judgement but fortunately for most of us, we’re not public figures and they happen in private.