Moreton Bay council deputy mayor Greg Chippendale resigns
GREG Chippendale has resigned as Moreton Bay Regional Council deputy mayor.
The move has thrown the council into further turmoil, less than a week after Mayor Allan Sutherland was accused of laying a trap for political rival Chris Whiting.
Cr Chippendale will officially leave the deputy mayor position on May 24 but remain a councillor.
He told councillors and observers at this morning's Coordination Committee meeting that the move and its timing were not of his choosing.
"I am aware that there was a meeting of some councillors soon after the last council election where the position of deputy mayor was discussed," he said.
"I was not present at that meeting but I was present at another meeting held soon after the first such meeting and the end result was that I was given the opportunity to serve in the deputy mayor's position for a year and then vacate the position."
Cr Chippendale said five councillors had not attended that second meeting but he did not name them.
It is believed division nine councillor Mike Charlton is next in line to take the position.
Mayor Allan Sutherland paid tribute to Cr Chippendale's work as deputy mayor.
"I think you've been a great deputy mayor," he said.
"I think you've served the old Caboolture council and the Moreton Bay Regional council well."
Cr Chippendale took a veiled swipe at the mayor and some other councillors on the subject of campaign donations as part of his resignation speech.
"I have never accepted a campaign donation for any of my five council elections," he said.
"I congratulate other councillors who can say the same as they are not beholden in any way shape or form to anyone other than the residents they represent."
Soon after Cr Chippendale's announcement, division 12 councillor Adrian Raedel moved that all spokesperson positions be declared vacant as of May 24 and that they be discussed at the same meeting at which the new deputy mayor was chosen.
He also moved the council consider the creation of a new spokesperson position for Economic Development and Tourism.
Cr Charlton has been sought for comment.