THAT MAKES FIVE
Shire of Denmark councillor Yasmin Bartlett will step down from her role halfway through her first term in October, becoming the fifth councillor in the past two years to resign.
Yasmin Bartlett will become the fifth Shire of Denmark councillor to resign in less than two years after announcing her plans to quit midterm in October.
Cr Bartlett listed work and personal reasons for her departure, set to take place one day before a scheduled ordinary election.
In January 2016, John Sampson handed in his resignation as councillor, citing a dysfunctional council; then, less than two weeks later Dawn Pedro quit under similar circumstances.
In August last year, Kelli Gillies and Roger Seeney resigned after a failed motion requesting councillor Rob Whooley apply for leave of absence during an ongoing legal battle with the Shire.
Cr Bartlett has represented the Scotsdale-Shadforth ward since October 2015 and said it had been a tough decision to resign.
“It has been a wonderful experience to serve the community as a councillor over the past two years and I will miss working with my fellow councillors and the dedicated employees at the Shire,” she said
“The decision to resign mid-term was not an easy one, but one that best reflects my personal circumstances.”
Shire chief executive Bill Parker praised Cr Bartlett’s work as a councillor.
“Since her election to council in 2015, Cr Bartlett has worked tirelessly and represented the community on a broad range of committees and working groups,” he said.
“Yasmin was a strong advocate for improving compliance across the integrated planning and reporting framework and was central to council’s decision to dedicate significant resources in this area.
“I wish Yasmin the very best with her future endeavours and thank her for her service to the community.”
Yasmin Bartlett will resign in October.