I wonder if you can help me with a situation.
Our Clerk has informed us that if we as a council elect not to follow her advice on issues, then this reflects personally on her.
She has threatened to resign at a previous meeting, and I’m thoughtful that this may happen again.
I was under the impression that, generally speaking, a Clerk researches any given issues etc the council might be interested in, and brings that information back to a meeting for the council to consider. The Clerk may make suggestions and recommendations, but provided no laws are being broken, the council can democratically through a vote, elect not to follow the Clerk’s advice.
Am I right in thinking this?
May I also ask whether there is some form of points system, or something that I am not aware of whereby a Clerk can get “marked down“ every time his or her council elects not to follow their advice? I am struggling to see or comprehend how a council not following the advice of a Clerk can affect the Clerk in any negative sense…
Any observations and/or assistance would be greatly appreciated.