Hi everyone, after a bit of advice.
Earlier this week the Mayor and Chair (same person) was re-elected, the previous deputy Mayor was also re-elected as it has been a turbulent year so everyone wanted a bit of stability.
The deputy Mayor was really mad this happened, they expected to be voted Mayor as some sort of right of passage. Unfortunately councillors voted otherwise.
The problem is what occurred afterwards as the deputy Mayor has used both their professional and personal public Facebook page to write several posts and comments accusing the council and councillors of being bullies and breaking the code of conduct. For clarity, I believe they think this because they were humiliated (their words) as their family was present during the vote as they expected to become Mayor.
This has been reported to me so I have been in touch with the borough’s monitoring officer who has sent the code of conduct along with the arrangements for dealing with allegations. I’ve told councillors that we need to follow this process.
Some councillors want me to contact the deputy Mayor and tell them to remove said posts, I’ve said I can’t do this as it needs to be dealt with in the appropriate manner. Yes it could be done informally but after recent previous false and inaccurate Facebook posts, I do feel it’s time to make this more formal.
I’m still new to being a clerk so I am doing the right thing here not telling her to remove the posts?
I appreciate your advice as always!