Environment Southland chairwoman Ali Timms says she will
attend a meeting on Thursday that will debate her retention or
''I'll be there. Why wouldn't I be?'' she said yesterday when
contacted at her Lumsden home.
Last month, Ms Timms earned the ''unanimous extreme
disapproval'' of her fellow councillors by phoning
Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt on a regional television
talkback show posing as Ruby, a mother of two whose husband
had been made redundant from the Tiwai Point aluminium
When outed, Ms Timms was granted six weeks' leave of absence.
Acting Environment Southland chairman Nicol Horrell issued a
statement at the time saying her actions had been ''an
unacceptable lapse of judgement'' and an extraordinary
meeting of council would be held in late January to discuss
whether councillors wanted her to stay or stand down.
The agenda for Thursday's meeting says councillors will vote
on one recommendation - a vote of confidence in Ms Timms
moved by Mr Horrell.
The meeting would be held in public and every councillor,
including Ms Timms, given an opportunity to speak, he said
There are 12 councillors and any motion requires a majority
of seven votes to be carried.
Mr Horrell said his ''personal predisposition'' was that Ms
Timms had done a good job until her lapse and should stay.
''None of us is infallible. Lessons have been learnt, I'm
sure. This was very out of character for her.''
Even if councillors vote for Ms Timms to go, she will not be
out immediately. A legal opinion says councillors have two
options on Thursday: to support Mr Horrell's recommendation,
or call another meeting to remove Ms Timms from her position.
That meeting could be held no earlier than February 14.
Ms Timms declined to comment further yesterday.