Mayor considers legal action after vote of no confidence

Hilltops mayor Brian Ingram says he's considering legal action following Wednesday night's council meeting.
Hilltops mayor Brian Ingram says he's considering legal action following Wednesday night's council meeting.

Hilltops mayor Brian Ingram is considering taking legal action after his leadership came under fire by fellow councillors at November's ordinary meeting.

He lost a motion of no confidence by one vote on Wednesday night at the Boorowa council chambers, after Cr Ingram decided to withdraw his vote.

The motion put forward by Cr Marg Roles was supported by Cr Wendy Tuckerman, Cr Rita O'Connor, Cr Chris Manchester and Cr Matt Stadtmiller.

Crs John Horton, Greg Armstrong, Tony Flanery and John Walker opposed the motion.

Cr Ingram made it five votes for and against, however he decided to remove himself from the count when a conflict of interest was raised.

He was disappointed with the outcome.

"The motion achieves nothing except it drives a wedge between councillors. It's disappointing as a council to be portrayed this way to the wider community," he said.

Cr Ingram said he's seeking legal advice following comments made by a fellow councillor who spoke for the motion.

"It's now a matter pending legal proceedings," he said.

The motion of no confidence comes just two months after mayoral elections at September's council meeting, when Cr Ingram was re-elected for the next 12 months with a majority of six votes.

Cr Roles unsuccessfully challenged for deputy mayor, receiving votes from Crs Stadtmiller, Manchester and O'Connor.

Cr Wendy Tuckerman was absent from the September meeting.

Deputy mayor Tony Wallace was absent from Wednesday's November meeting.

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