Chair ro­ta­tion idea re­jected

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Quick News - By EMILY BAKER

CAM­BRIDGE Coun­cil­lor Rod Bradley’s re­quest for a sys­tem that would ro­tate the chair­man of com­mit­tees role reg­u­larly was re­jected at last week’s meet­ing.

The pro­posed sys­tem would en­sure that coun­cil­lors from Coast Ward and Wem­b­ley Ward had equal turns chair­ing com­mit­tees.

Cr Bradley said the sub­mis­sion fol­lowed con­cerns of “per­ceived bias” ex­pressed by ratepay­ers on sev­eral oc­ca­sions.

“This ques­tion of us be­ing one big happy fam­ily is just not truth- ful and ratepay­ers feel dis­en­fran­chised be­cause we only have Wem­b­ley Ward peo­ple sit­ting as chair­man on com­mit­tees,” he said.

“There is def­i­nitely an im­bal­ance and now we are stuck with the prob­lem.

“Hope­fully through amal­ga­ma­tion and new elec­tions, it will be re­solved.”

Cr Alan Langer, from Wem­b­ley Ward, is the chair­man of the com­mu­nity re­source com­mit­tee and fel­low Wem­b­ley Ward Cr Tracey King chairs the de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee. Cr Langer said the idea that coun­cil­lors were bi­ased was rub­bish and he found it de­mean­ing that the is­sue had been brought up.

“My sim­ple thoughts are that if you are a coun­cil­lor for the Town of Cam­bridge, you act in the best in­ter­est of the Town of Cam­bridge re­gard­less of where you live,” he said.

Un­der pre­vi­ous may­ors, the chair­man of each com­mit­tee was re-elected ev­ery six months and each time the new chair­man was from the al­ter­nate ward.

Cur­rently, com­mit­tee mem­bers elect a pre­sid­ing mem­ber among them­selves and re-elec­tion oc­curs an­nu­ally.

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