NEWCASTLE City Council must have its reasons for standing down ‘‘future city’’ director Judy Jaeger and Newcastle Art Gallery director Ron Ramsey on full pay (‘‘Suspended’’ Herald 21/11).
But, so far, council has not shared those alleged reasons with the public and nothing has been proven. What justifications should be so significant to warrant such public censure? In my opinion, ratepayers deserve to know why.
The Herald reported that an email sent to councillors by general manager Ken Gouldthorp described the standing down as an ‘‘operational matter’’ and warned them to refrain from speaking out.
But there is still no comment on the matter from anyone, including Mr Gouldthorp or lord mayor Jeff McCloy.
Ms Jaeger and Mr Ramsey have probably also been ‘‘gagged’’ from making any public comment.
An ‘‘operational matter’’ sounds harmless enough but council’s action has had the opposite effect.
Council should be asked to immediately explain itself.