Bell fights official warning to shut up
THE SHIRE OF TOODYAY has warned new Cr Ben Bell to stop writing a new column for The Toodyay Herald and stop posting comments about the shire on Facebook.Read more
Cr Bell said he received a written warning from Acting President Therese Chitty two days after last month’s council meeting, saying that only the shire president is allowed to speak on behalf of the council.
The warning also said Cr Bell’s Facebook criticism of a draft shire communications policy that appeared to give sweeping new powers to Shire CEO Stan Scott was an unlawful attempt by a councillor to influence shire workers who are answerable only to Mr Scott.
Cr Bell said he opposed being gagged from making public comments about shire matters and was seeking legal advice.
He also rejected a shire direction not to reveal or discuss the warning publicly.
Acting President Chitty declined to comment.