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.

Albany Extra - - Front Page - Tayler Neale

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.”

Pic­ture: Shire of Den­mark

Yas­min Bartlett will re­sign in Oc­to­ber.

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