Councillor clamped

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council’s public standing continues to fall, with councillor Jeremy Rich barred from having one on one contact with non-executive council staff after being the subject of complaints by staff.
Cr Rich has been ordered to issue individually addressed written sincere apologies to each of the staff involved, and these apologies must be deemed appropriate by the mayor and deputy mayor.
The Star has been told Cr Rich was involved in incidences with three staff.
Cr Rich can also only meet with council CEO Tim Tamlin or a council director outside of pre-arranged council events such as briefings and meetings when the mayor or another council member will be present.
Cr Rich must now direct personal ratepayer related matters to council via email and should he wish to speak to staff about the query, he must have the approval of Mr Tamlin or the relevant director.
The conditions will remain in place until they are reviewed.
The conditions were discussed in a confidential session by council and council resolved to make these conditions public, after an investigation concerning “councillor and staff occupational health and safety”.
At the October 24 council meeting, Cr Rich read what he said he was an apology to councillors and council staff who may have been offended, belittled or intimidated by his comments.
He said his comments may have been misinterpreted as being prejudicial towards the people concerned.
Council discussed the “personal interaction control measures” relating to his dealings with council staff after Cr Rich had addressed the meeting.
The Star attempted to contact Cr Rich for comment.

Making a statement: South Gippsland Shire Councillor Jeremy Rich addresses the October 24 council meeting, giving what he described as an apology to councillors and council staff he may have offended.

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